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Comparison Of My Papas Waltz A

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"My Papa's Waltz" and "Those Winter Sundays" "My Papa's Waltz," by Theodore Roethke, and "Those Winter Sundays," by Robert Hayden, are two somewhat similar poems about respected fathers. To most people a father is not just the man who fertilizes their mother's egg, but a man that spends time with and takes care of them.While doing this, he gains their love and respect. In these two poems Roethke and Hayden take an admiring look back at the actions of their fathers, although; they both imply that their parents were not perfect.In "My Papa's Waltz," Theodore Roethke describes an episode in his childhood. In this, what seems to be regular, occurrence his drunken father comes home for the night ...view middle of the document...

Another example of the child's love and respect for his father is illustrated in the things he overlooks just to be able to carryout the dance. Although "The whiskey your [his father's] breath could make a small boy dizzy" (1-2), the child "hung on like death" (3). The speaker also overlooks the pain of his ear scraping against a belt buckle at every missed step of his drunken father just to continue his "waltz". Roethke also indirectly implies his respect for his father by stating that his hand is "caked hard with dirt" (14). This is representative of his father having had a hard day at work.Robert Hayden uses a different approach to imply his love and respect for his father. He uses an example of a regular occasion that he did not pay much attention to when he was a child but now that he is an adult he looks back on it with the utmost respect. Just as any other day his father gets up bright and early on Sunday mornings. He puts on his clothes in the cold darkness and goes outside to split firewood. Although he does not pay this much attention in his childhood, Hayden really respects it as an adult. His fathers actions are a result of his simple love for his children. Although his approach is different, Hayden uses one of the same references to his father as Roethke: his hand. Hayden refers to the condition of his father's hands with...

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