The son does not seem to be having fun at all. The boy is hanging onto his father so hard that he is as inescapable as death. In the third stanza, the father keeps missing steps and scratches the boy in the process. These days I know only a few people who drink any alcohol other than wine or beer at cocktail parties and open houses. Family is probably the main theme in this poem.
Roethke draws attention to the man's hands. The waltz is supposed to be a graceful, affectionate dance with you and your partner. Perhaps the father drank too much. To me, a dance is supposed to make two people inseparable. Do you think the rhyme scheme helps the poem? Given the time when the poem was written, it was often seen as not being a woman's place to step in when it came to discipline in the household. The speaker of this poem is a man recalling his childhood, his father and his mother through the means of a waltz. The poem was written in the 1940s and set in some earlier decade, and describes a scene from family life, when a tipsy father waltzes with his little son around the kitchen.
Use of extreme language to make a point. The waltz somehow manages to contain the drunken man's energy but there is the idea that things could get out of control. Once the farther is in an unhealthy relationship with their child it is almost impossible to fix the damage if the farther ever tries to fix it. The first time I read this poem I thought of a happy child dancing with his father, but by the end of the composition my point of view on the story changes. He does not lessen the impact of these beatings or their brutality. I think that the family has both happiness and fear. This is a snapshot of life from the mind of a child and conveys a sense of fun and menace at the same time.
It consists of four quatrains, each line being an iambic tritameter. It had nothing to do with abuse, Roethke's father simply wanted to be with his children after work and dance. The love which is shared by the people bonds them and hence makes their hearts wrung and. The following essay will present a detailed analysis of the dramatic situation and speaker through the explanations of the various poetic tools used in this poem such as similes, choice of words and style. The words seem to be directly spoken to the dad. The reader however can interpret the poem in any way that they see fit. Roethke's family garden was behind his home, so when his father came inside from a hard days labor he was lightly inebriated.
The whole poem is basically a metaphor in and of itself. He admired the writing of such poets as , , , , and , as well as and. It is not about abuse, for all the reasons stated. I myself always saw it as a dark and twisted poem, but my mind tends to travel to dark places. This is shown through the dancing around of the father and the son and the mother just standing there. Some people believes their family is happy while others view the family to be torn apart by alcohol and abuse. The tone in the story is so dreary that it has to be abuse.
Therefore, it is immediately assumed that the poem will be told from the narrator's present tense. Does it tie in with the title? Likewise, the form of the poem plays a similar role. On May 25, 1908, Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan. Once upon a time there was a poet who woke up and found himself turned into ''some kind of animal''. The reader also sees the mother in a seemingly helpless state as the father continues to damage the house. This isn't a major problem, it's just not in the poem.
The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. This is just my interpretation, feel free to take from it what you want! Together with all these is the description of the father as poor man, one to be mercied. The first view is seen mainly in the first and last couplet. Are you happy for the boy who is dancing with his whiskey drinking father? Could it be she is looking on with tolerance of her husband's antics? In order to survive this torturous experience, the boy must hold on for his life. A relationship of love, reverence, and fear. At all times, however, the natural world in all its mystery, beauty, fierceness, and sensuality, is close by, and the poems are possessed of an intense lyricism. He had several bouts of depression and mental instability during the 1930s but eventually overcame them.
Why did the poet choose these words? Roethke graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1929. In my point of view, the imagery and language, the symbolism, and tone in the poem gave me the impression of the love between the father and son, not of an abusive relationship. It is the last line of the stanza that ties the whole poem together. While doing so, he notices a jumbuck, or male sheep, come to the water. If the poem is about a dance that has a regular patterned rhythm to it - the waltz is one of the most rhythmical forms of dance - then having each stanza 'closed' with a rhyme helps the idea of a fixed pattern of movement. The poet is led around the house, dancing — not beaten around.
What Are the Poetic Techniques? The rhyme scheme is, in the first stanza — abab, in the second — cdcd, in the third — efef, and in the fourth — ghgh. And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again. For small children, parents are able to do anything. Upon first glance, the tone is humorous. Given such parameters the poet installs some sort of relaxation in the reader maybe even in himself , in order to make the subject — the beating — more readable, and lessening the effect of the drunkenness and the beatings, making his father more human. Only the monstrous anger of the guns. There is room for interpretation here.
From my point of view, the poem is more likely to be about the enjoyable time between the father and the son and I would explain this by discussing on the word choice, tone and rhythm of the poem. This line is also an example of a simile. In his innocence, he discribes all of his pain in the only way he knows how, as a simple mistake or a game. The more convincing interpretation is that it has a hidden message of parental abuse. I am a hearing learner so listen to the poem made it easier for me to comprehend it. In the end, the father dances the boy off to bed.