Theodore Roethke

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Throughout the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, I sensed a conflicted relationship between the father and the son due to alcohol getting in the way of them having a better relationship. The poem “My Papa’s Waltz” goes in depth into how the father negatively impacted the relationship he has with his son by choosing to be drunk instead of being a father figure his son can be proud of. The first line of the poem which states “The whiskey on your breath” was an indication of the father being an alcoholic which portraits the complicated relationship they have. In this stanza I sensed the son’s fear of how the father would react towards the son in his state of being drunk. For example, in the second stanza from lines five through eight
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