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Papa's Waltz

Poem Analysis / Context
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Amy E. Counts

on 19 September 2013

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Transcript of Papa's Waltz

My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke Start Here How is the sound and movement of the waltz similar to the sound and visual look of "My Papa's Waltz"? You decide - What is the meaning or interpretation of this piece? positive or negative Defend your answer in groups. Find examples of . . . alliteration
consonance
assonance Determine the TONE and find textual evidence to support your answer. Rhyme Scheme?
Repetition? Author's Purpose? Meter? iambic pentameter
feet Warm-Up Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
William James (1842 - 1910) http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Mark_Twain/ Underline Subject
Circle Verb(s)
() around prepositional phrase Select one of the poems we have read so far and pair it with a literary term. Apply that term to the poem and discuss the author's purpose in utilizing it in the manner he or she did. The whiskey on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.

You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt. OR Defend the Roethke's intent with "My Papa's Waltz" siting textual evidence to support your conclusions. Visual: Create a visual to go along with "My Papa's Waltz." It could be literal or interpretative/abstract.

Ideas -
mimic the pattern - select a line and illustrate - visully depict the tone Positive
Negative
Neutral Examine the words a second time. What words change in relation to the rest of the poem (context). Track that data (word count) and import into Excel. Look on the board for an example of what your chart should look like. Based on your data, what conclusions can you draw regarding this poem? Context - What surrounds it? How does it change as the context changes? Color Code
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