... Mom and Dad's lives could be in jeopardy, or worse, their marriage ... ~Violet, The Incredibles

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The poem My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke had two completely different tones for me after I finished reading it.  At first it seemed that it was an adorable father and child experience that the child was writing about.  It gives the reader a genuine tone of happiness.  However, it also seems to have a dark undertone of possible child abuse.  I'm not at all sure which of the two it is.  At the moment I'm leaning towards a father and his son having a great time, but I seem to change my mind everytime I read this poem!

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Jessica Bitar said:

I am also torn between the two interpretations of the poem. All of the lines could be interpreted as abuse or a father and son having fun. I actually had the opposite reaction and first thought it was about abuse. I guess it depends on how you read it.

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