Drunken father abusing his son II. His poetry borders on the confessional but isn't in the same league as say, Robert Lowell or Anne Sexton. This contrasts with the beginning of the poems first lines; "[t]he wiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy" ll. Much of our formation depends on our parents and how strict they are etc.
The dance is a waltz so it has a lilting, regular feel to it, almost lighthearted.
A negative relationship may yield distrust, animosity or a sense of solitude. Similarly, both poems are about a memory as a boy looking back at a specific time in their lives and the love they have for their respected fathers.
The speaker of this poem is a man recalling his childhood, his father and his mother through the means of a waltz. His father had a horticultural business and many poems reflect Roethke's interest in the greenhouses he worked in when a boy.
He remembered how his father would walk into the home each evening with scraped hands and perspiration stained shirts.
Upon first glance, the tone is humorous.
Roethke use of words in this poem is amazing. Words like romped and waltzed add to the informality. I have had two parents who have jobs, which means two sets of wages are coming into the house every week. Any type of essay.