The poem itself is ambiguous and quite difficult to interpret clearly. The stark contrast between a farm and a ballroom is almost comical and lends to the light-hearted feel of the poem. He never pronounces any work for the problem. Imagery creates vivid details that deal with one's sense of sight, sound, touch, smell, or taste. .
If life is a dance then this child is having a tough time because the dance was not easy - note the lack of a contraction which makes the line more formal. In the era this poem was authored, the late-1940s, readers would not have shared the same sensibilities about these issues that contemporary readers exhibit. Why do mothers who in their youth walked or rode their bikes to grade school and high school feel it necessary to accompany their children to the bus stop or drive them to school? The battered knuckles suggest that the father has punched something or perhaps works with his hands. She always wanted to be independent as every teenager wants, but it took this horrible event to take place for Connie to actually realize how much her family means to her. He comes home in a drunken state.
It exemplifies how the dance movement that is symbolic had at once entered their daily routine. The father is somewhat in his cups, and his exhalations, combined with the dance movements, make the boy dizzy. It can be considered to be one of the picturesque poems in English literature. This form of confessional poetry is not only easy to read, but also can be a sad realization for students. If the dad were hurting and abusing the child, then you would not call him by that name. The father is an active manly character and a role model for his young son.
Roethke's father was, yes, a drinker. Nevertheless, the child clings onto the carousing father, as he finds his closeness the most secure thing in the world; as if desperately holding on to dear life. Their family travels from place to place, farming the land, and selling their crops, and they all work together to get things done. Poet has also tried to indicate that the child might have come to the rescue of his father if the mother had tried to fight over with him. Though the whiskey smell is unbearable to the child, he sticks to his father as a matter of protest which is never pronounced but endured.
I love how poetry can be interpreted differently depending on the person who reads the poem. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Roethke does a masterful job of building layers into his poem. The only active character is the father, exercising his power over his family members who obey him. It was her father that always loved her the same, fat Louise, or skinny Louise. He does not lessen the impact of these beatings or their brutality. The Snopes family is told to leave town and the story continues, following the Snopes family out of town on their old broken down wagon.
Theodore Rothke went through a period where he was depressed and mentally unstable. Hearing it aloud just made it easier to understand the emotion and the love of a hardworking man and his son. After reading this poem what sort of feeling are you left with? The poet is led around the house, dancing — not beaten around. It is not about abuse, for all the reasons stated. This describes the fact that you are the product of your parents. It was just a father and son, in my opinion a son, waltzing and roughly playing around, and although the dad is drunk and can slightly hurt his child, the son still understands his trouble and is grateful that he spends time with him.
He might have fallen on the ground in a state of drunken dizziness or might have come straight from the farm. Though the whiskey smell is unbearable to the child, he sticks to his father as a matter of protest which is never pronounced but endured. The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle; At every step you missed My right ear scraped a buckle. Papa's had more whiskey than is good for him, but this is not a diatribe against alcohol. The father, Abner Snopes, is an ex soldier from the war. He's so drunk that even the smell of his breath could make a small boy, like his son, feel a bit woozy.
But, latter in the story Louise began gaining weight while she was pregnant. You beat time on my head With a palm caked hard by dirt, Then waltzed me off to bed Still clinging to your shirt. He shows no interest in finding anything out about Charlie, and there is little to no dialogue between father and son. She wanted Louise to be happy, and felt that her losing weight would be the only way for Louise to be joyous in life. He romped or played about with his father till the pans slid from the kitchen shelf.