My Papa's Waltz Tone

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In “My Papa’s Waltz,” by Theodore Roethke, the author recalls a dance he had with his father as a child. Throughout the work, Roethke effectively conveys tone, style, and setting. Furthermore, the author is eloquently suggestive in childhood introspection.
The poetic tone in "My Daddy's Waltz" is a reflection of how the speaker feels towards his father. The speaker begins the first stanza mentioning the whiskey on his father's breath. This part is loaded with insinuations and stereotypes the audience can identify. Also, The speaker's observation of his father's alcoholism reveals sympathy for his younger self. Roethke's is peculiar in his diction and delivery. A waltz is notated in three by four beats. In like manner, the poem follows a