Analysis Of The Poem ' My Papa 's Waltz ' By Theodore Roethke

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"My Papa 's Waltz," by Theodore Roethke, and "Those Winter Sundays," by Robert Hayden, are two of the most famous American poems dealing with the theme of fatherhood. Each of them detail the narrator’s own experience with their fathers and some things are the same about them and some are different. That is what makes poetry unique. There are millions of poems out there so some may appear to be the same upfront, but they always have a factor that separates them from the rest. Both of these poems focus on vivid memories of each poet 's’ fathers, but the speaker in "My Papa 's Waltz" directly addresses his father, whereas the speaker in "Those Winter Sundays" does not, except perhaps in the final two lines. Thus the tone of Roethke’s poem is more subjective, while the tone of Hayden’s poem is more objective. This tone difference is probably influenced by the relationship the author had with their father. Objective being a respectful relationship while subjective an emotionally charged one. Another difference is that the father in Roethke’s poem behaves somewhat irresponsibly, since he is drunk and he does not come to the realization that he is hurting his son. The father in Hayden’s poem is extremely responsible and does everything possible to provide his son with comfort and essentials. He wakes up early even on cold Sunday mornings, a day of relaxation for most. More minor differences include that Roethke’s poem is set in the evening while Hayden’s poem is set in the
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