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    My Papa's Waltz by Roethke & Alcoholism

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    Discussion focusing on the poem, "My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke. What strikes you about this poem? What do you notice about the imagery? Find one strong image in this poem and discuss it in length.

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    For some reason I don't quite understand, many people will respond to this poem in a positive way, arguing that this is a joyous moment between father and son. Actually, it's the opposite. In the following image there is evidence of this moment being brutal, abusive, and sad.

    The hand that held my wrist
    Was battered on one ...

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    This solution takes an interesting new look at Theodore Roethke's poem, "My Papa's Waltz", looking at with the idea that the father is an alcoholic. It includes a Look at the images. They will show you how to read the poem. It is a 244 word look at the imagery.