A father and son relationship is the most important part of a young boy’s life. It is important because fathers are supposed to teach their sons how to be a man. Many young boys look up to their fathers. But if there isn’t any nurturing involved between the father and son, how will they have a loving relationship? “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden and “My Papa Waltz” by Theodore Roethke show different types of relationships between a father and son. “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden shows how the speaker didn’t understand why his father couldn’t show affection towards him. When the speaker became older, he realized his father is showing love in a different way. “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke shows the relationship between the speaker and father spending time together before he goes to bed. Both poems establish different types of relationships between the father and son. However, one poem showed what a father and son relationship is supposed to look like. “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke establishes a more clear and focused purpose than “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden because the author portrays an ideal relationship between a father and son. The author uses elements of literature to make an effective purpose.
Theodore Roethke’s language choice is effective than Robert Hayden’s poem. The narrator uses slang when he calls his father “Papa” (Roethke pp.339). The narrator calls his dad papa because he has a close relationship with his father.