The poems title, my papa's waltz, is the first indication of the authors intended tone roethke had innumerable choices for the title of his poem, so we must consider how differently we might enter into its reading if he had entitled it my papa's dance. That absence in my papa's waltz and so many other roethke's poems is known as ambiguity and it is a testament to the nature of the form that poems lacking ambiguity seem far less deserving of coming back to for additional study. In the poem my papa's waltz written by theodore roethke, the interpretation of the poem depends on the readers`perspective some people think that this poem is one of a happy exchange between a father and son. My papa's waltz by theodore roethke the playful and innocent voice of the child narrating the poem my papa's waltz reminds me of the childish antics and fun i used to have with my own father. Reading response to a poem eng 125 october 29, 2012 my papa's waltz, by theodore roethke, is a fascinating poem it is one that provokes its reader to have different emotion and interpretation.
For readers, it is always controversial to determine what theodore roethke's poem my papa's waltz conveys readers either interpret the poem as telling the happy memory of a little boy playing with his father or as describing a scene of child abuse. In theodore roethke's poem my papa's waltz, the father's characteristics are revealed not through dialogue, but rather entirely through the narrator son's words. The following interpretation of theodore roethke 's my papa's waltz is via new criticism 1 read the poem aloud 2 scan the poem, using a dictionary. My papa's waltz is one of theodore roethke's best known poems at first glance it appears to be a simple four stanza work but a closer look at these 16 lines will reveal much more.
Reader response: (my papa's waltz) the first impression that i received from my papa's waltz was that of a strained relationship between father and son if one interpreted the text literally, the mindset of the author would certainly be put into question. Hear gwendolyn brooks read the mother and theodore roethke read my papa's waltz, with insights by ex-us poet laureate donald hall. The mama and the papa hear gwendolyn brooks read 'the mother' and theodore roethke read 'my papa's waltz,' with insights by ex-us poet laureate donald hall. My papa's waltz essay for readers, it is always controversial to determine what theodore roethke's poem my papa's waltz conveys readers either interpret the poem as telling the happy memory of a little boy playing with his father or as describing a scene of child abuse.
Roethke didn't use my father's waltz because he is still a young boy his word choice helps describe his opinion of his father and helps you emphasize reply delete. Theodore roethke hardly fits anyone's image of the stereotypical high-minded poet-intellectual of the 1940s through 1960s born in saginaw, michigan, his father was a german immigrant who owned and ran a 25-acre greenhouse. Many of the words and phrases in theodore roethke's poem, my papa's waltz, could be misinterpreted as indicating physical abuse between the father and son in the poem without a prior knowledge of roethke's relationship with his immigrant father, otto roethke. Megan coleman lit 2100 17 january 2012 my papa's waltz, theodore roethke before i began reading my papa's waltz, i decided to read about theodore roethke something that i have already learned in class is that reading about an author may help learn about why they chose to write the way they did or why they chose the wording they used.
Response to jenn's prompt: is this poem about child abuse. As someone who appreciates ambiguity in all forms of art, whether in a roethke poem or the finale of the sopranos, i suggest my papa's waltz for this father's day weekend, and i recommend an additional delight by listening to theodore roethke's reading of the poem. The narrator of my papa's waltz was most likely a small boy, as in line 2 it says could make a small boy dizzy if this line hadn't been included in the poem, the narrator would have been most likely perceived as a girl. Reader response to roethke's revisions and the tone of my papa's waltz (theodore roethke essential information mckenna, john j roethke's revisions and the tone of 'my papa's waltz' (theodore roethke).
I chose to read and analyze my papa's waltz by theodore roethke because, let's be honest, it was the shortest but as i read it, i discovered that it was a good choice for many other reasons one thing that i always like for poems to do is rhyme, and this poem does a very good job with that. Theodore huebner roethke (/ ˈ r ɛ t k i / ret-kee may 25, 1908 - august 1, 1963) was an american poet roethke is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation. - many of the words and phrases in theodore roethke's poem, my papa's waltz, could be misinterpreted as indicating physical abuse between the father and son in the poem without a prior knowledge of roethke's relationship with his immigrant father, otto roethke.
Brief lecture on the poem and response to discussion board. The waltz in 'my papa's waltz' creates that image, while also creating an ominous point of this waltz, which is a strong disturbing feeling beneath the cover of 'my papa's waltz,' controls the atmosphere, and the love and affection of this waltz does not create a good first impression on the reader.
Reader-response to my papa's waltz click on the link below to read an essay responding to the poem my papa's waltz, using reader-response criticism reaction to poem: 'my papa's waltz,' theodore roethke from hubpages. Roethke's small poem 'my papa's waltz' is typically modern poem in its construction, imagery and tone the four quatrains are logically woven up to state the illogic of the compulsive drunkenness in a modern society. Night journey by theodore roethke now as the train bears west its rhythm rocks the earth and from my pullman berth i stare into the night while others take their rest. Brief summary of the poem my papa's waltz daddy's had a little too much whiskey, and now he's waltzing around the kitchen with his son.