On the contrary in the poem My Papas Waltz Roethke uses imagery in which

On the contrary in the poem my papas waltz roethke

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for all the hard work he did for him and his family. On the contrary, in the poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” Roethke uses imagery in which readers can easily visualize a happy drunken father dancing with his son. For example, the speaker implies that “such
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[Type text] [Type text] [Type text] waltzing was not easy” (4) and that it was difficult for the son to hold on to his intoxicated father while they were dancing. Roethke does a good job of using vivid details to display imagery in the poem between a joyful dance with a father and son. Both of these poems display powerful imagery to show the relationships between a father and child that both of these poems represent. By explaining the distinct themes of father-son love, contrasting tones, and imagery, displayed in both of these poems, Hayden and Roethke were able to express two different types of bonds and love between a child and their father. Readers can look at these poems and interpret it from the expressive imagery that was provided as well as the use of tone throughout the poems. Both of these poems consist of similarities and differences between the fatherly love. Overall, the readers are able to get a true understanding and meaning in each of the poems because of the author’s vivid details and diction that they provide.
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Hunter 5 Works Cited Hayden, Robert. “Those Winter Sundays.” The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. 10 th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. 757. Print. Roethke, Theodore. “My Papa’s Waltz.” The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. 10 th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013. 968. Print.
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