My Papa’s Waltz: poetry podcast #5

Another poetry podcast for you this Friday! This week I am reading “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke.

One thing to know: I use the word “meter” a couple of times in the podcast. If you’re not familiar with this poetry term, it refers to the rhythm of the poem based on a certain number of stressed and unstressed syllables in the lines. For a more detailed discussion, check out this wikipedia entry. Most simply, when I say meter, I’m referring to the fact that there is a specific, predetermined rhythm in the poem—the poet decided that there would be a particular pattern of strong and soft “beats” (stressed and unstressed syllables) per line.

And, here’s the podcast! Click below to listen:

{Pssst: listen to other poetry podcasts here}

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1 Response to “My Papa’s Waltz: poetry podcast #5”


  1. 1 Mike McLaren January 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Great poem. I enjoyed the post..


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