Is Roethke's poem "My Papa's Waltz" negative or positive? 

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Please note that poems are extremely subjective: that is to say, not everyone will have the same reaction to a poem as another person because our specific and personal experiences influence our perceptions. This is my favorite poem, based completely on my preferences of poetry.

Theodore Roethke's poem "My Papa's Waltz" I see as a positive poem.

The first thing that strikes me is the poem's rhythm, written in iambic trimeter. The beat of stressed syllables creates the lilting rhythm of a waltz. This means that there is a stress on every other syllable. Replacing the words, one might repeat the pattern with ba-BUM, ba-BUM, ba-BUM—it is the same pattern of rhythm, or beats, for each line of every stanza.

Another thing that I find so pleasant about this poem is the imagery the author creates with his use of sensory details—these are details that create a vivid image in the reader's mind. Images that stand out are "whiskey on your breath," "make a small boy dizzy," "romped until the pans,"...

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