My Papa's Waltz
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My Papa's Waltz, Theodore Roethke
Roethke is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet from Michigan; you can read more about him below. (This annotation contains a link)
What does the simile "hung on like death" tell us about the way the speaker hung onto his father while his father danced?
Take note of the SCOPE of this poem -- it shows only a moment between a father and son, but so much is expressed about the relationship between the two, and about the father, thanks to Roethke's use of description and detail.
Which line does the highlighted line (line 8) rhyme with?
How does the speaker's mother feel? How do you know?
Please quote THREE details from the text that tells us this waltz was violent.
What details are revealed about the speaker's father in the poem?
Please choose ONE of the following themes and describe what the poem says (implicitly or explicitly) about it.MasculinityPowerFamily