First Day: 1) In-Class Writing for today and 2)Assignment for Friday January 23 1. Please read, reflect, and write out your response to this poem on the top part of this sheet. How would you describe the relation between the "small boy" and his "papa"? Is the picture chiefly positive or negative? What is the the key evidence in the text? What outside patterns or knowledge comes up as you understand the poem? Please dont just summarize, paraphrase, or describe the poem.
Theodore Roethke: My Papa's Waltz (1948) The whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. We romped until the pans 5 Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother's countenance Could not unfrown itself. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; 10 At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. You beat time on my head With a palm caked hard by dirt, Then waltzed me off to bed 15 Still clinging to your shirt.