Angles of Ascent Poem by Theodore Roethke Analysis

by Alvin

Posted on Sept. 18, 2021, 7:04 p.m.

In Theodore Roethke Angle's of Ascent, the general expression is that there are several different ideas that are presented as the more times one reads a poem; they develop even more ideas about it.


Poetry is significantly open to interpretation since it is a passionate form of expression in that each individual has a unique presentation to it, meaning it is more than one way of looking at it. In Theodore Roethke's Angles of Ascent, the general expression is that there are several different ideas that are presented as the more times one reads a poem; they develop even more ideas about it. The poem features a young boy who reflects upon his family memories between himself and his father. As powerful as it is, it becomes more of a recollection of the boy’s enjoyment of his father’s company right before he goes to bed. The paper seeks to look at three distinct interpretations of the poem and compare them to personal experiences and ideas.
William Van Fields presents his analysis of Roethke’s poem; he notes that his interpretation of the poem was relatively different from everyone else’s. His analysis bore the idea that the poem was about a father coming home from work, tired just taking a drink and relaxing while playing with his son in the kitchen. The keywords that he mentions is that of whiskey as well as beating time on the son’s head as well as the look on the wife’s head. In his analysis, Van Fields doesn’t take all that to be something negative, as in his experience, it would be something healthy in every household. 
According to Van Fields, the mom's complain were typically playful. He poem displays typical father and son behavior that is relatively harmless as to Van Fields in his own experience he did the same with his sons. 

Grace Peterson, on the other hand, presents a slightly different interpretation of the poem as she views the speaker as someone who is facing abuse from his father owing to the effects of alcohol. She assumes that owing to the whiskey breath that the father has, he acts roughly towards the son as he cannot control his actions. Peterson further notes that the mother stands and watches but isn’t happy about what is going on between the father and the son or rather the father’s conduct, but it isn’t as harmful to warrant a reaction. She notes that the son plays with the father since he has no choice but doesn’t like his father drinking and playing with him at the same time. In other words, the actions of the father are driven by his drunken state, which isn’t a pleasurable sight to both the mother and son, but they all persevere owing to a particular fear that they have towards him. 

Matthew Huff presents his analysis of the poem; he notes that the child doesn’t understand what is happening even as he waltzes with his father since there are instances in the poem that shows interactions between the son and the father aren’t comfortable “I hung on like death.” He notes the speaker’s experience of the waltz wasn’t pleasing as he had some fear. At the same time, the mother lacked agency as he makes seem as though she couldn’t do anything as she seemed paralyzed. But then he also mentioned that the son has a desire to connect with his father; thus, he hangs on despite the situation of violence that he is in. 
The analysis made by William Van Fields in my consideration does make a lot of sense. The premise of the poet is simply a demonstration of the bonding time as well as activities that a father would be doing with his child. In essence, they are merely goofing around; both of them are enjoying their own company.

The mother, on the other hand, as much as she isn’t amused, she is passive about the whole situation as there wouldn’t be any other better sight than to see a father spending time with his son. In Van Fields analysis, the case is relatively typical in that at the end of a long day at work, the father would want to have a drink and spend some time with his favorite person who happens to be his son. The explanation that Van Fields offers that the waltz is regular father-son activity is understandable such that there is no greater joy than a father dancing with his son while the mother cooks for them. 

Reflecting on my ideas of fatherhood, such would be desirable scenes, having to spend time doing random stuff with the son. There is a reason why it described as a Waltz, a dance between a father and a son; it’s more of a bonding activity that a father figure would want to do something with his child before they go to bed. This would be termed as the perfect form of existence such that the father would be concerned and indulged with the activities of his child. Participation is critical as a father; this is because the child would be looking forward to spending time with his father at the end of the day.

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