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Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz"
An analysis of Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz".
# 120587 | 750 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry)

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An explication on Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz" examining the poet's use of suggestive imagery, ambiguous diction, iambic meter, and rhymed quatrains to purport the awkwardness and simultaneous fierceness of love between the speaker and his father in the poem.

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"Theodore Roethke's poem, "My Papa's Waltz", dramatizes the apparent contradiction inherent in the tumultuous yet ultimately tender relationship between a small boy and his father, by depicting a filial waltz that is both literal and representational. Roethke utilizes pointedly ambiguous diction and suggestive imagery and juxtaposes it with conventional iambic meter and a steady rhymed dance-like cadence to illustrate the speaker's awkward yet boisterously loving relationship between himself and his Papa. Roethke's poem both commences and concludes with an implication of..."

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