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"My Papa's Waltz" vs "Those Winter Sundays"

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Adam Scala

on 13 November 2014

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Transcript of "My Papa's Waltz" vs "Those Winter Sundays"

"My Papa's Waltz"
Both use imagery to describe father-son relationships but the imagery is very different. Also word choice show that one is very positive while the other is negative.

The main difference in the tones of the poems is that in MPW the speaker is unsure about the relationship he had with his father. It can be read as the speaker talking about a literal dance with his father or as the father being abusive.
"Those Winter Sundays "
Both use imagery to describe father-son relationships but the imagery is very different
starts off negative shifts to more positive
Speaker shows how as a kid he didn't recognize his father as being a loving man represented through words like "cold". But by the last lines, "What did I know, What did I know of love's austere and lonely offices?" shows how he knows now that his father showed his love in a different way to what as a kid he wanted.
"Those Winter Sundays"
"My Papa's Waltz"

In conclusion the poems have similarities and differences. They both use similar poetic devices to convey their point of view in their relationship with their father, but each has a different opinion of their father-son relationship
"My Papa's Waltz" vs "Those Winter Sundays"

By Adam Scala
Theodore Roethke
Robert Hayden
"We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf"
romped-more positive word
tone- no negativity
"and put his clothes on in the
blueblack cold"
From the text you read words like cold, blueblack, splintering, breaking, and indifferent. Nearly these are not positive words. The imagery is not that of a happy situation.
"I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking"
"Speaking indifferently to him"
"Such waltzing was not easy"
"At every step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle"
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