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My Papa’s Waltz


Theodore Roethke’s poem “My Papa’s Waltz” is from his Lost Son collection.  In “My Papa’s Waltz,” the poet recollects a childhood romp with his father.  There is ambivalence here, though, as the boy both loves and fears this father.



Call Numbers for Searching  the Shelves


  • PS3535 .O39



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Balakian, Peter. Theodore Roethke’s Far Fields. 1989.

                         Call Number: PS3535 .O39 Z56 1989

  • Kalaidjian, Walter. Understanding Theodore Roethke. 1987.

                         Call Number: PS3535 .O39 Z65 1987

  • Roethke, Theodore. Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke. 1975.

                          Call Number: PS3535 .O39 A6 1975

  • Williams, Harry. The Edge Is What I Have: Theodore Roethke and After. 1977.

                         Call Number: PS3535 .O39 Z93



LINNCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Theodore Roethke (Subject Keywords)
  • Theodore Roethke Criticism and Interpretation (Subject Keywords)



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism.  Call Number: REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 101, pgs. 262-264

  • Masterplots II: Poetry Series.  Call Number: REF PN1110.5 .M37

o   Vol. 4, pgs. 1453-1455

  • Poetry for Students.  Call Number: REF PN1112 .P752

o   Vol. 3, pgs. 190-201

  • World Poets.  Call Number: REF PN1021 .W67 2000

o   Vol. 2, pgs. 417-426



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This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check the LINCCWeb, VCC East’s online card catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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