Papa’s Waltz

My papa’s waltz


In “My Papa’s Waltz” Roethke expresses many forms of figurative language to show the readers the imagery in the poem. One example of imagery can be found in “The whiskey on your breath” (1) I think of an old nasty man with dirty clothes and smells bad, at home with his son and the son smelling his breath. The whisky on his breath rinks and depresses the son. And another one I found on line nine was “The hand that held my wrist” when I think of this one I can picture the old drunken man grabbing his son. The grip being tight and the arm getting red. Roethke does an excellent job of showing imagery.


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