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Analysis Of My Papa's Knultz

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Battered Knuckles The author Theodore Roethke is an American poet, whom is one of the most successful poets of the 20th century. One of his influential and controversial poem is “My Papa's Waltz.” While the subject of “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke has spurred passionate academic debate from professors, scholars, and students alike, the imagery, syntax, and diction of the poem clearly support the interpretation that Roethke writes “My Papa’s Waltz” to describe his childhood with a father figure as a memorable memory although; he might have experienced physical abuse from his father. Since he is a child, he believes he is just “playing” with his father however, he channeled his drunken father's actions as abuse as he got older. Throughout the poem, there is a well structured rhyme scheme that the author portrays as a child’s point of view, has negative word choice throughout his poem, and horrific imagery; these elements are essential for the readers to realize their perspective of the poem. Rhyme scheme is important to understanding Roethke’s intention for “My Papa’s Waltz.” Roethke writes a structured rhyme scheme in his poem to provide an indirect example of whom he claims the poem is about. To exemplify, the author's poem writes an (ab) rhyme scheme; he provides a child interpretation within the lines. In the poem, the gender is not specified, in a the articles, they said Roethke's father died at the age of fourteen, meaning that the poem is about him and his
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