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 the poems that talk about the relation between son and father. Both speakers in the poem are grown men and reflect memories of the day they spend with their father when they were in childhood. About the poem “My Papa’s Waltz,” Baird states that “Theodore Roethke imaginatively re-creates a childhood encounter with his father, but also begins to attempt to understand the meaning of the relationship between them”( Baird). Another poem “Those Winter Sunday”, Peck states that “the poem provides its power, for the poem’s meaning depends upon the differences between what the boy knew then and what the man knows now” (Peck). Both themes, which is the poem written about fathers, are similar to each other; however, there are some significant difference in the structure of the poem, and the feeling toward fathers from sons. These two poems are written about the speaker’s father. In the poems, both fathers’ image are hardworking and it can be analyzed from each poem. In “My Papa’s Waltz”, the boy says his father’s hand “with a palm caked hard by dart” (Roethke). Similarly, in another poem “Those Winter Sundays,” the boy says his father “with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze” (Hayden). Both speakers use their father’s hand to describe they are hard working. In addition, the poem of “those winter Sunday” I feel the title mentions how hard the father
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