“My Papa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays”
“My Papa’s Waltz,” by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter
Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, are two somewhat similar poems about
respected fathers. To most people a father is not just the man who fertilizes
their mother’s egg, but a man that spends time with and takes care of them.
While doing this, he gains their love and respect. In these two poems
Roethke and Hayden take
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the father, but whatever it may be, there is some imperfection.
“My Papa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays” are two poems that
express the poets love and respect for their parents. This love and respect may
not have been as big of an issue to them when they were children but now
they understand why their fathers did the things they did and will use those
experiences to help them in their adult life.