-Read "My Papa's Waltz" of Roethke at least twice and underline at least five of the most vivid words--nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. If you're not sure what a word means--like countenance--then define it in order to discover its denotations. Then list all of the connotations you can think of for each word. What images, moods, and associations do you have for each word? For example, we might work with the term bald eagle this way:
bald eagle denotation: a bird of prey native to North America which weighs between 7 and 14 pounds, has an average 30-year life span, and lives primarily on fish.
bald eagle connotations: strength, courage, bravery, America, loyalty, fierceness, determination, post office, flight, freedom, soaring
-Review your lists of connotations and decide what they may suggest to you about this poem. How do they add to--or confuse--its meaning? Write what you've discovered and include your list of connotation
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To approach responding to this assignment, first read the poem, and select the five words you will analyze. You may, of course, choose any five of the words that you like, and model your response after the example words that I will choose. Or, you can add your own thoughts and ideas to the five words that I picked out from the poem, to add your won voice and personality to this model response.
The five words I chose:
Waltzing: participle of root word: Waltz, meaning romantic dance in moderate triple time. It evolved from the German Ländler and became popular in the 18th cent. The dance is smooth, graceful, and vital in performance. The waltz in Vicente Martin's opera Una cosa rara, produced in Vienna (1776), is regarded as the first Viennese waltz. This type was later made famous by the two Johann Strausses, father and son. The younger Strauss composed the Blue Danube Waltz, the most popular of the Viennese style. The waltz was introduced in the United States via England in the early 19th cent. Mozart, Chopin, Berlioz, Brahms, Richard Strauss, and Ravel have also composed waltzes.
Romped, past tense of root word romp, meaning romped, romp·ing, romps
1. To play or frolic boisterously.
2. To run or advance in a rapid or easy manner.
3. Slang To win a race or game easily.
a. Lively, merry play; frolic.
Analysis of diction contained in Rothke's Poem "My Papa'sWaltz" and an analysis of how that imagery and word choice helps establish the mood of the poem.