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This student essay consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis of "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke.
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"My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke

Summary: A critical analysis of Theodore Roethke's poem "My Papa's Waltz," a reflection of one's childhood experience involving his father. Roethke's use of diction and detail convey the narrator's complex attitudes toward his father.
In the poem "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke, the speaker is reflecting on a childhood experience involving his father. Through diction and details, the speaker conveys his complex attitudes toward his father. When first read it, it appears the young boy is afraid of his father. The first line of the poem writes: "The whiskey on your breath; could make a small boy dizzy." Apparently, the father likes whisky and the smell of it is remaining on his person, which causes the young boy's aversion. The diction of "dizzy" depicts the young boy is getting overwhelmed by the smell of the drink. Imagine how a little child feels when he notices the strange smell of his parent, He feels weak or even scared. That is exactly what the young boy feels when he saw his drunken father with the distasteful smell. The poem then goes on saying...

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