General Discussion Requirements:
Be sure to use evidence (support) from the poem by quoting and by using a parenthetical citation — NOTE: there are two acceptable methods of citing a poem: e.g., the speaker attempts to convince himself of a deeper meaning more than once, such as by stating that “the other” road has “perhaps the better claim” (Frost 856). OR by citing the line numbers: (Frost 9-10).
- Note that MLA requires a slash (/) to denote line breaks for poems, which can be interesting for some poetry, e.g.:
The minimalist speaker refutes capitalization and grammar standards to directly state, “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in / my heart)” (Cummings 1-2).
- In this case, the poem’s first two lines are: “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in / my heart)i am never without it(anywhere” (1-2). The first full stanza reads:
- my heart)i am never without it(anywherei go you go,my dear;and whatever is doneby only me is your doing,my darling)
- Please follow the punctuation and capitalization of your poem as it appears originally in the text; merely insert the slash (/) to denote the line break.
Remember that we are citing the author and the textbook more fully in our major essays; no Works Cited page is needed for any Discussion assignment, but a parenthetical citation should appear when appropriate.
“My Papa’s Waltz”
Write a 250-word response answering the following:
- The word choice and word order of this poem open it for interpretation. What is the “waltz” in this poem — an actual dance or perhaps a childhood beating? Which words are the most suggestive in these terms? What clues are there in the word choice that an adult is remembering a childhood experience? How does the grown speaker now evaluate the emotions he felt when he was a boy?
- Your original post must be at least 250 words.
- You should be specific and reference details from the text for your answer. (See the note above regarding how to format citations).
- Use a / to indicate a line break when citing poems; see our textbook and online writing (Links to an external site.)center for more information.
- Each of your posts (original and replies) must demonstrate your understanding of the topic.
- You must use full sentences and proper grammar.
- Use the third person objective (no first-person “I” or second-person “you”)
- Use the literary present tense (the narrator states, not “stated”)
The poem is down below, along with the about the author.