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Shawn Delgado Atlanta / United States, Male, 34
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    • POEM: My Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke (12/11/2006 6:10:00 PM)

      While the debate about domestic violence often becomes a part of discussing this poem, especially with the words 'battered' and 'beat' in the final two stanzas, there is no evidence on the page to indicate abuse. The endearing term of 'Papa' and having both the first and last stanzas end with the boy clutching his father indicate a nostalgia of the speaker for this scene. The boy may be uncomfortable during many parts of the dance (the smell of whiskey, scraping his ear, having a hard hand beat time on his head) , but he endures it to be close to a father he clearly loves. The minute details with which he describes the father's hands also show the close attention he has paid in watching the father. Any sort of abuse would create distance, not the closeness evident in this story.

    • POEM: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (12/11/2006 12:57:00 PM)

      I'm a bit surprised by the number of people who haven't been able to read the literal meaning of the poem, considering its popularity on this forum (7/500) . This is not a poem about choosing a road less traveled. The poem specifically states that at the time of the decision, both roads had been worn and appeared nearly identical. It's only years later, when details have succumbed to a fading, sentimental memory, that he says the roads differed. This poem has no intent to try and persuade people to take an original path. It is instead a humorous analysis of the speaker's own sentimentality and the ways he will change the story in a fit of nostalgia.