Roethke's `My Papa's Waltz'

Fong, Bobby
February 1990
College Literature;Feb90, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p78
Poetry Review
The article examines the poem "My Papa's Waltz," by Theodore Roethke. The author discusses the characterization of the relationship between the father and the child within the poem, explores the balancing of the elements of joy and fear in the work, and examines the use of the poem in Jungian psychotherapy to treat alcoholics.


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