The rhyme pattern of the poem is between the first-third lines and second-fourth lines in the quatrain and this is kept throughout the poem. Stresses on words such as dizzy and easy and buckle and knuckle gives the poem a rather playful feel. The last line of the poem, "waltzed me off to bed still clinging to your shirt" infers the boy in very much dependent on his father and shows despite the elements of criticism, a father-son relationship based, at least partly on love... displayed 300 characters
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The last line of the poem, "waltzed me off to bed still clinging to your shirt" infers the boy in very much dependent on his father and shows despite the elements of criticism, a father-son relationship based, at least partly on love. displayed next 300 characters
The poem is written with a regular rhyme scheme and in iambic tetrameter that makes the poem sound very nursery rhyme like. It seems as though the author made this poem sound very child-like and innocent to contrast the seriousness of what is discussed in the text...
We can actually picture the boy clinging to his father as his ear scrapes the father's belt buckle and his watch bumps hard onto the boy's head.
I believe this poem tells a rather disturbing story of a boy's time with his father in a very sarcastic way...
By the end of the poem, the narrator tells the reader how she feels bad that she never realized how much her father sacrificed for the family. What he did, all his hard work, went basically unnoticed and unappreciated...
On the other hand, "my mother's countenance could not unfrown itself" ("My Papa's Waltz" by Theodore Roethke, lines&8), tells us that the son
'sees' the mother as selfish and jealous that him and his father are having a good time; by stating the powerful words 'mother' and 'countenance' rather than 'mama' and 'face'...
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