poem analysis

Write on one of the following topics AFTER you have completed the reading listed elsewhere in this Learning Unit.  Respond to some of your classmate’s entries for the highest grades.  Remember your concrete use of the readings and terms, your insightfulness, the depth of your response, and your use of standard English all affect your grade for the discussion forums, as does your interacting with your fellow classmates in a significant way.

1)  How does Roethke’s use of diction and connotation in “My Papa’s Waltz” help the reader to understand the speaker’s relationship with his father?
2)  How does Owen’s use of imagery in “Dulce Et Decorum Est” help the reader to understand the theme in the poem?
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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   
Slid from the kitchen shelf;   
My mother’s countenance   
Could not unfrown itself.
The hand that held my wrist   
Was battered on one knuckle;   
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   
Still clinging to your shirt.


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