What is the metaphor in the poem my papa's waltz the figurative language in my papa's waltz look at the 3rd line in the first stanza, the 4th line in the second stanza, and the 1st line in.
In a poem called my papa's waltz we'd expect to see some dancing but we think the better word for what's going on shows up in line 5 – this father and son pair is not really waltzing, but behind the joy of romping, and the father-son love in this poem, there's a hint of violence while there. In the poem, “my papa’s waltz”, there are several symbols being used in the poem, i pictured the father and son waltzing in the kitchen however, they are not waltzing they are romping in the kitchen and knocking pans off the shelf, but the poem maintains a steady, three beat per line waltz throughout.
“my papa’s waltz” by theodore roethke underscores the domination that a father has over a child what should be a fun way to end the day becomes a horrific experience for the little boy forced to dance with his drunken father.
My papa's waltz describes a father and child together enjoying time in a waltz the poem's theme swings around memories of a child concerning his father it is set in a family home and is narrated by a young boy the poem has four stanzas, perhaps to reflect the structure of their waltz (mckenna1. Adrian salinas ms nelson english period 3 march 1, 2012 theodore roethke in the poem ‘‘ my papa’s waltz ” by theodore roethke, the poet uses figurative language such as similes, metaphors, and personification to creat the theme that is child abuse cannot be tolerated even if you are drunk.