Love For A Father Essay

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Myeisha WalkerEnglish 1102H. PapaganJuly 28, 2014Love For a FatherThe poems "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke and "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden describe the relationship between a father and son and the way they communicate. However, these two relationships could not be more different. In the Roethke's poem, the narrator had a strong and positive relationship with his father that couldn't be expressed as well as Hayden's relationship with his father. In fact, the fathers' ability to communicate with their sons was physically, rather than verbally. Also, both poems use negative aspects, fatherly love, and understanding for their father. In Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz" looks describes the experiences of a young boy with his "effusive" father. Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" is a similar poem from the viewpoint of a young adult who is reflecting back on the childhood relationship with his father and his distant communication.The poem "My Papa's Waltz," by Theodore Roethke describes the scene of dance between a father and his son. This poem deals with affectionate memories of the narrator and his father. The narrator describes a celebration of the father with his child by dancing across the kitchen floor. In the opening line, the word "Whiskey" could give us some characteristics of the father as a rough, uneducated, blue-collar worker. Likewise, the signs of roughness are his hand, "battered on one knuckle"(11), and "a palm caked hard by dirt"(14). This is a man who has probably worked with his hands very hard during the day. His few escapes likely consist of a drink when he gets home from a rough day. His missed steps injure the child's ear, while the father and son's romping causes the pans to slide from the kitchen shelf. As he beats time on the child's head we see very clearly that he is quite careless with the child. All these factors make the boy's mother very uncomfortable. We can see the disapproval in her countenance, which could not unfrown itself. She is obviously upset, but she does not do anything to stop the game. So, this suggests that the waltz is enjoyable for father and son. This father may not be the most sensitive man around, but he still seems to be a hero in the eyes of his son. Finally, the last line of the poem, "waltzed me off to bed still clinging to your shirt" assumes that the boy is very much dependent on his father and shows a father-son relationship based, at least in part on love.Similarly,...

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