He was born Theodore Huebner Roethke in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Otto
Roethke and Helen Huebner, owners of a local greenhouse.
As a student at Saginaw's Arthur Hill High School, Roethke demonstrated early
promise in a speech on the Junior Red Cross t
The first order of business in a poem is to establish situation and mood, and Roethke
selects the father's drinking as the foremost fact to be conveyed.
The tone is slightly comic, as the speaker suggests that there was enough alcohol on
the father's brea
Curiously, the speaker of the poem addresses the father directly (evoking, as we noted
above, a feeling of intimacy), but he refers to the mother with the comparatively
impersonal "My mother.
She did not engage in the dancing, and her frowning face indica
Building on modernist stream-of-consciousness narrative techniques, Roethke achieved
an arresting poetic performance in an associative, and often surreal, verbal style, one that
depicted primal and psychic states of mind.
Throughout his subsequent career
Mercutio: < overhears, then pops up from the side > Can I just add something? <
clears throat > They are fools, cowards, and above all, they're madmen.
They're the ones that are disrupting our fair city of Verona.
The ones that should be punished are THEM
Host: PleaseLord Capulet and Tybalt.
Juliet has the right to her own opinion, don't you think? < Lord Capulet growls in
disagreement > Please try to control your rage becauseHere come the Montagues!
< Capulets BOO, except Juliet.
A fight erupts between Lo
On one level, this suggests that the father's inebriation made it a challenge for the boy
to dance with him.
This picture of a small boy trying to match steps with his drunken father is lightly
On the metaphorical level of the dance as representing
The picture of the father's hand, hardened by toil, recalls the image of the other one in
This hand kept rhythm on the boy's head in an odd little gesture, as if he meant, as the
colloquial expression goes, to drive it into his son's brain.
The dance thus serves as a metaphor for the overall relationship between father and
son: intimate and vitally important for the boy, but also dizzying and anxiety
On the other hand, the description of the boy hanging onto his father "like death
Host: Welcome to the exclusive premiere of "Behind the Scenes".
Today on our first episode, we have two feuding families, the Montagues and the
These two families have been feuding for countless generations for a cause that has
been long forgott