This poem shares the truth of my childhood that my father’s life was run by work. To be honest, it still is. Yet, my desire to bond with him mattered more to me. Roethke’s narrator in “My Papa’s Waltz” says, “I hung on like death” (l. 3) while waltzing with the child’s father. Whereas, I ask that my father doesn’t invite my siblings because “Just you and me is better” (l. 6) Both children desperately wanted quality time wit...
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...re” (l.13-14) that I had, as well. There was never any doubt for the narrator of “Begotten” or myself that we belonged in our families. It was just a matter of accepting our fate.
While on the one hand, it feels like the ideal fairy tale ending to the perfect plot line, with rising action, climax, and falling action, the truth is that this poem does not conclude my relationship with my father- at least not accurately. No, this relationship continues with ups and downs. We disagree, and I find him to be arrogant and frustrating, showing me where I have to improve so I don’t become that way. However, he also takes great care of me and we share a bond unique to us. Even in the bitterness that was “Blinded Eyes,” I was always the same girl from “Daddy’s Girl” dying for my father’s approval, leading me here to “Yes I’m Like Him” for a healthy father-daughter relationship.
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