In every poem you can find their own message. In everymessage there is also symbols that are used to describe and show what theauthor is trying to get the reader to understand. In both poems “My Papa Waltz”and “Barbie Doll” the authors use a poem and use an object or action thatseemed to function as a symbol. In both poems I had to pay attention to pacing.
Had to see if I foundmyself speeding up as I continued to read through the poems? Slowing down? Ifmy pacing fit the speaker’s situation and internal state of mind? While readingI wanted to discover how the pacing of my readings affected the story and theemotional flow; with this I also was able to look deeper into “My Papa Waltz”and “Barbie Doll.” My first take in “My Papa Waltz,” wasthat it was just a simple dance with a father and daughter but as I continuedto read I realized that the waltz was happening with a father and his son. Afterreading every line with a slow pace and with emotion I noticed that multiplethings in this poem could be a symbol. The “dance” with the father is representedsymbol as it is used throughout the poem and is also used as the title as atype of dance.
As I read each line carefully, I made note to each line that Ithought were effective emotionally and referred to the symbol “dance”. Such as: Line 4: The speaker iscoming ideal out and revealing to us that he won’t not have a fabulous time inthis little move. The waltz isn’t simple for him, which is putting it mildly.On the off chance that, as the line before appears, the kid needs to hold tight”like death,” the waltz must be startling, not simply”difficult.” In the event that we think about the waltz in the sonnetas an expanded allegory for the connection between this father and his child,the child could compose that his whole association with his dad wasn’t toosimple. Lines 5-6: Now wediscover that this waltz is really a frolic – the dish are sliding from therack in the kitchen, and most likely making a significant ruckus.
Sounds likeamusing to us, be that as it may, recollect, the waltz isn’t simple for thislittle child. Lines 9-10: Father keepsfouling up and missing advances, scratching his child all the while. This couldbe an illustration for the father’s slip-ups, all things considered, whichcould hurt his child in nonphysical routes too.
Lines 15-16: This isevidently the last move of the night, as it’s the child’s sleep time. In anycase, he wouldn’t like to relinquish his dad’s shirt right now. This picture,father whisking the child away to bed, demonstrates that, regardless of howintense the waltz was, this child still adores his daddy. The “Barbie Doll” was a bit harder for me to read.
I readthe stanzas about three times to get a better understanding of them. As I read,there was certain phrases that caught my attention and I felt like there were asmeaningful as a symbol would be but just in phrases, such as: Lines 19-20″In the casket displayedon satin she laywith the undertaker’scosmetics painted on”To make thingsconsiderably creepier, we see her lying on beautiful “glossy silk”and all done up by the funeral director. So even in death the poor young ladycan’t avoid being whined with and made-up to seem as though somebody else. Noticetoo that she’s “showed” on glossy silk like a type of doll. So nowwe’re perceiving how the girlchild has been made to resemble the very dolls shewas given to play with.
We see her not as a person here, but rather more as aprotest or toy that may be “showed” in a way that makes every otherperson feel good. “Painted” in line 20 facilitates the speaker’sfeeling of the girlchild being a sort of doll with a painted on confront. Indeath (as in life), she’s not treated like a man, but rather a thing.
Another stanza that caught my attention was : Lines 23-25 “Doesn’t she look pretty?everyone said.Consummation at last.To every woman a happyending”.Our speaker trulyeffectively expresses her idea in these last lines. Regardless of most of themutilation, sexualizing, and the debasement of the young woman’s appearance,individuals still give her what they accept is the best compliment of all:”Doesn’t she look beautiful ?”Obviously we hear the speaker’s wrytone some more in these lines, complementing the ludicrousness of what we’rereally observing and hearing here. The young lady’s dead and still made toresemble a doll but then everybody thinks everything is awesome in light of thefact that she looks beautiful with her phony putty nose and hot nightie (thatis apparently concealing the way that, you know, she has no legs).
Thefulfillment and “glad consummation” sounds like the direct inverse tous now. We know superior to every other person since we comprehend that there’snot all that much or “glad” about a dead ruined young lady who’ssexualized and made-up to resemble a doll. We recognize what the young lady wastruly feeling while invigorated and how abused and dehumanized she felt fromthe beginning. We likewise hear the speaker’s mockery some more in line 25 whenshe says “to each lady a cheerful completion,” as though ladies areall the same and are dealt with all things considered.
Inasmuch as you tell alady she’s beautiful, she’ll be upbeat and do whatever she’s advised todo—regardless of whether it implies her demise. Before the end we’re trulyfeeling what the speaker is stating in this ballad. In raising young ladies tobe minimal more than tamed dolls that serve and satisfy their generalsurroundings, we basically deny them their humankind. We’re not purchasingyoung ladies off the racks, all things considered. However there’s a piece ofsociety that treats them like life-sized dolls.
Also, in denying them theprivilege to their own mankind and uniqueness, we’re practically saying thatthey’re not worth much to us, in any condition. With everything taken intoaccount, this sonnet conveys a cruel message. Unfortunately however, it’s stilltruly pertinent, given that things like this still exist. In conclusion, both poems were meaningful and each had theirown way of expressing themselves through their word choices. After reading bothpoems with a slow pace and sorting each meaningful phrase or symbol I have realizedthat “My Papa Walts” used “Dancing” to express more than just a traditional dancebut use it to express a meaningful memory for the author.
As for “Barbie Doll”,stanzas were used to make a point on how society truly is comparing a little girlto a doll, destroying her.