My Papa's Waltz By Theodore Roethke

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The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke is the story of a boy who is taken to bed by his drunk father “The whiskey on your breath” (1), the boy has a rough trip to his bed, his father stumbles around the kitchen and knocks down a few pans, which upsets her mother “Could not unfrown itself”(8). When the kid finally arrives to his bed he does not want to let go of his dad “Then waltzed me off to bed”, “Still clinging to your shirt” (15-16), I believe because he wants to avoid any confrontation between his parents. My perception did change from the beginning to the end, when I read the title I thought the author was referring to the dance but as I read more and more it was clear that I was a metaphor. I think the effect is that a kid’s

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