When reading "Noiseless Patient Spider", "Nighttime Fires", "My Papa's Waltz", "Mother to Son", "Those Winter Sundays", "A Watts Mother", "This Be the Verse", "Elderly Lady", "Behind Grandma's House", "Bored", My Son, My Executioner", "Manners", "Popular Mechanics"
In your opinion can you tell me how do the characters deal with conflict, family members, or a situation? Was s/he successful? Why or why not? and can you tell me what is a functional/dysfunctional families in your opinion.
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Cite "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke to show how the son deals with the dad's drinking as he says, "The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy."
Although the dad is drunk, he dances with his son: "We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen ...
Poems with family themes are explored.