Different Experiences

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"Every reader's experience of every work is unique, largely because each person will emphasize various elements to differing degrees" (Foster 103).  This quote reminded me of the poem "My Papa's Waltz."  From my modern viewpoint, I viewed the father in the poem as abusive.  I focused in on the father's whiskey scented breathe and his rough behavior with the child. Meanwhile, a person from around the time the poem was written might have considered the interaction between father and son to be playful.  It just goes to show you how times have changed.

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