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Journal#6 Carol Lin
Page 1 No.59
Among the five poems we read, I like "My Papa's Waltz" and "Those Winter Sundays" best. I think no matter which one it is, they all show great love toward their father through vivid description of childhood memory.
Because of the irregular rhythm of sentences, we know that this waltz isn't perfectly danced. Also, the first sentence "The whiskey on your breath¡K" shows the father is drunk. Even though the smell of wine makes the boy dizzy and it's not comfortable at all to dance under this circumstance, he still likes to hang tightly on his father. I believe he cherishes this special moment of intimacy with his father very much. It's like this dance belongs only to his father and he. So his mother is just a observer and can't understand the fun in this ridiculous dance. At last, his father waltzes him off to bed. I don't feel any violent or unpleasant feeling on it, instead, I think it's warm for the father to send his boy to sleep in this special way. Of course, the most touching part is that the boy doesn't want to leave his dear father and clings to him.
In "Those Winter Sundays", the feeling of love and respect to the father is stronger. The first stanza describes how a hard-working and careful-minded father gets up early in a cold winter Sunday and makes fire with cracked hands for the whole family. But at that time, no one thanks him and even they speak indifferently to him. Now, the boy's become an adult. When he remembers what his father did for him then, he suddenly realizes how foolish he was and how much he loves and respects his father for everything he did. I appreciate the last sentence "What did I know, what did I know of love's austere and lonely offices?" Indeed, what his father did is much like routine or duty. It's easy for the boy to take it for granted. I think the most successful place in this poem is that the poet describes just simply two or three thing the father did but we can feel so much through some words such as "blueblack cold" and "the cold splintering, breaking." After reading this poem, I feel the love of parents is really lonely and austere for usually the kids won't feel it when they're still young. Parents have to give all the time.
We can say the tones of two poems are similar because they sound like they're written by the "adult " boy. The tone is thankful. When we're adults, we'll have better understanding and wider point of view. This mature tone makes each poem more touching and convincing.