Comparing Daddy 'And My Papa's Waltz'

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“Daddy” and “My Papa’s Waltz” are poems written about the author’s father. In the year 1948, Theodore Roethke wrote “My Papa’s Waltz,” a short poem about dancing, as a small boy, dancing with his father before bedtime. However, the title to this poem is completely ironic because they do not waltz, but it is more of a rough dance. “Daddy” was written by Sylvia Plath in the year 1966; Plath’s father died when she was a small child and her poem expresses her rage against him, but also against all males. “My Papa’s Waltz” is not necessarily a happy poem, but it isn’t angry either. The young boy says that his father is drunk and is implies that stumbling along as they dance by saying, “But I hung on like death:/Such waltzing was not easy.” In

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