Before I begin my response I would just My Papa's Waltz The whiskey The way that Aside from One thing that I found was really interesting, it was a
like to re-post the poem again so that you may follow along with what I am
saying.(Or typing...Whatever you prefer but I'm posting it. Ok!)
on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.
We romped until the
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one
At every step
My right ear scraped a
You beat time on my head
With a palm caked hard by dirt,
me off to bed
Still clinging to your shirt.
This is my response to the poem "My Papa's Waltz" which was posted
above. When I read this poem I felt that there were many ways to interpret this
poem, for example most people would like to view it as child abuse, I for one
do not. But! This is simply my own personal opinion about it. I have taken it
upon myself do do some research about the poem So that I know where other
people are coming from and how other people view the poem. I also wanted
to know more about the author to see if that could tell me more. Honestly this
poem is extremely intriguing to me because I can't seem to just automatically
figure it out like I do with most poems.
First things first before I come out with research and findings I would just
like to give my point of view on the poem and my observances because its only
fair to do so. The lines that say "The whiskey on your breath could make a
small boy dizzy"; "My right ear scraped a buckle", and "You
beat time on my head with a palm caked hard by dirt, then waltzed me off to bed
still clinging to your shirt," clearly demonstrate where they would get
that inference of child abuse.
I see this poem is that the dad had just come home from work because maybe he's
a construction worker. His wife cooked dinner and during dinner he had a few
drinks. After dinner the father went to the kitchen with his son and they
started to waltz the father counting the time of the steps on the child's head
"Dun dun dun-pause-dun dun dun" a classic and common waltz beat.
While the father is moving and their stomping during their waltz they're making
a mess in the Kitchen and the mother who had been working all day to clean the
house and had finally gotten the kitchen perfect was mad because they destroyed
it. The way that I interpreted this poem was that there was no child
abuse therefore a few lines should not imply child abuse. But all people are
entitled to their opinions and I am not trying to 'brainwash' anyone just
simply stating my own point of view.
that I also wrote a poem response to "My Papa's Waltz". This poem
is from the Mother's point of view on
their waltz. The poem is called "Their Broken Waltz". The poem is
about how the mother was working hard all day and she cooked dinner. The house
was spotless and everything was in its place. They ate dinner, her husband
being a hard working field worker had a few drinks. The dad then took their son
to the kitchen and started dancing and made a mess.
< http://www.mrbauld.com/exrthkwtz.html >
The website showed all the voices
and tones for each verse and occasionally a single line alone. I found all of
this interesting because during my search I found it hard to get a straight
answer out of any website. It was hard to find any good research on this poem.
Most websites when I tried to do research on the reason behind the poem only
gave me voices/tones for different parts of the poem.
Before I begin my response I would just
My Papa's Waltz
The way that
One thing that I found was really interesting, it was a
Their Broken Waltz
Pots , pans
Broken plates Spoons, forks, knives
All over MY kitchen floor
They waltz around like idiots
Leaving a messy trail behind them
they're not the ones to clean it up so
they continue thinking no one minds them
Their waltz their mess
they think its funny
they waltz upstairs
leaving me to the
But before they go
I give them a look
They better know that I'm upset
now is not the time to make a
mess the house was clean again and
at its best.
that I would like to do is refer back to Kamillah's Blog(class 810)post about
the poem My Papa's Waltz. She wrote, "When you're a little kid,
life's your personal amusement park; A fairy tale almost. Its full of
rides, face painting, good food and everything you love. When you're a kid, you
love the tricks and secrets of this 'amusement park' called life. Nothing in
life is bad or wrong-when you're a kid at least. But as you mature into a
teen, life's less like an amusement park and begins to lose it's fairy tale
sparkle. The poem 'My Papa's Waltz' by Theodore Rothke is a prime example of
finding fun or childish ways in a dark and not so friendly situation." I really liked her choice of
words and her analogy to the poem. Although we don't see eye to eye on where
this poem's interpretation I still love her choice of words.
that I have to say that I've learned about doing a response like this is that
you MUST MUST MUST see all sides of the story. I went out and looked at
different points of view and ripped up the poem this way and that and came to
my own conclusion. Now its your turn so have fun with it!
[Sorry about how posts are coming out working on fixing them... having computer problems.]