Analysis Of Three Works Of Poetry: My Papa's Walts, Our Father, And The Early Purges

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Analysis of Three Works of Poetry: My Papa's Walts, Our Father, and The Early Purges

Obviously our childhood is the most important period of our lives, it
determines how we develop and can have a great influence on we will be
like when we grow up. Much of our formation depends on our parents and
how strict they are etc.

I have had a reasonably good childhood. I have had two parents who
have jobs, which means two sets of wages are coming into the house
every week. That has enabled us to have a comfortable lifestyle.

The three poems I will be looking at in this essay are ''My Papa's
Waltz'' ''Our Father'' and ''The Early Purges''. In this essay I will
be looking at childhood and how childhood experiences are recalled by
the different poets and reflected in the way they write their poems.
These poems are disturbing in the way that they all include cruelty.

The first poem that I will look into is ''My Papa's Waltz''. In this
poem a boy seems to be getting hurt by his father we know this because
it says

''You beat time on my head with a palm caked hard by dirt, Then
waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt''.

but this only seems to happen when the father is drunk because the
poem opens up with the observation that

''the whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy''

The father might possibly be a very violent man we see this when it
says which tell us that the dad likes a fight or two the poet recalls
how

''the hand which held my wrist was battered on one knuckle'' and

''at every step you missed my right ear scraped a buckle''.

Theodore Roethke writes

''you beat time on my head with a palm caked hard by dirt, then
waltzed me off to bed still clinging to your shirt''.

The word ''waltz'' in this poem I think is referring to a dance in ¾
tune. When the father comes home rather drunkenly from work. He
gathers up his small son and waltzes him round the kitchen. Because
his father is drunk the movement is unsteady and disorderly and this
is how the pans are knocked off the shelf. This is how the boy's ear
gets scraped on the fathers buckle. I think the father does not mean
to do this I think he does love his son but he is that drunk he does
not know that he is scraping his sons ear on his buckle and the dance
is suppose to be an expression of this. We can tell that the boy is in
some pain because the poet indicates that

''the hand which held my wrist was battered on one knuckle'' and

''at every step you missed my right ear scraped a buckle''.

This next poem I will talk about is ''The Early Purges'' by Seamus
Heaney. this poem is different than My Papas Waltz in the way that it
is about deliberate violence towards animals and My Papas Waltz is
about violence towards humans. This poem is about a little boy who has
a shocking...

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