“The Portrait” by Stanley Kunitz, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

Using the three poems: “The Portrait” by Stanley Kunitz, “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, and “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden compare and contrast the poems in an argumentative essay. Our professor wants us to have our own voice in the poem so try and put feeling in the poem. Make sure to use quotes from the poems when comparing and contrasting. Be sure to touch on the specifics of the word choice, characters, how the author feels, that all three relate to their dad somehow, talk about the lines in the poems and etc. Also, use outside sources such as the internet for some facts about how they differ or compare. Be sure to use those sources and good quotes. I have some points we made in class that I wrote down on each poem that i will give to you later maybe add some of those. Make sure to have a clear thesis statement that covers the theme of all three poems. Also, before comparing and contrasting give a brief description of the poem

Quick Response

The Portrait by Stanley Kunitz sensitizes on the presence of his father. Moreover, the poet highlights how the father influenced his entire life(Gale, 2008). The poem is meant to be a tribute to the reality that unlived life or unexpressed anger of a parent can be passed onto the offspring. The second poem by Theodore Roethke has three themes including parental issues, alcohol, and security respectively. The hard-working man having fun with his child is illustrated by the three themes. The third poem “Those Winter Sundays” also talks about a parent and his influence on his children’s life. The poem narrates a time when the father of the speaker would care for his family in ways that went unappreciated.

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