My Papa's Waltz
on your breath
Could make a small boy dizzy;
But I hung on like death:
Such waltzing was not easy.
romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother's countenance
not unfrown itself.
The hand that held my wrist
Was battered on one knuckle;
step you missed
My right ear scraped a buckle.
You beat time on my head
a palm caked hard by dirt,
Then waltzed me off to bed
to your shirt.
1. Identify the rhyme scheme of the poem
ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH
2. Identify 7 examples of diction and state each word's connotation.
Dark and the unknown
Cling – Hold on tightly
Beat – Rhythm and music
Romped – To move around
Waltz – Dance and tango
Dizzy – Disoriented and stumbling
Whiskey – Drunk
3. Identify 3 sound devices in the poem
clinging to your shirt” – Alliteration
“The Hand that held my wrist” –
“Such waltzing was not easy” – Alliteration
4. Identify 4 images in the poem
“The whiskey on your breath” –
“Slid from the kitchen shelf” – Tactile
“With a palm caked with dirt”
“Your beat time on my head” – Tactile
5. After examining your evidence, state
the speaker's attitude toward his father. Justify your answer in a 3-4 sentence paragraph.
Through diction and imagery,
the speaker gives off a tone of joyfulness and an appreciation for life. The speaker is looking back on his life and telling
about the good memories he had as a child. He loves his fathers and he seems to miss the good times as a child.