My Papa's Waltz
by Theodore Roethke
My Papa's Waltz Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
In a poem called "My Papa's Waltz" we'd expect to see some dancing. But we think the better word for what's going on shows up in line 5 – this father and son pair is not really waltzing, but...
Behind the joy of romping, and the father-son love in this poem, there's a hint of violence. While there is no indication of overt abuse, there are hints of violent tension throughout the poem whic...