Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke was an American poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his 1954 collection. His work has been praised by many poets worldwide as imaginative and influential. He died in 1963 at the age of fifty-five. Read more of Theodore Roethke’s Biography.

Dolor 

‘Dolor’ by Theodore Roethke is a deeply emotional poem that imbues everyday objects and activities with a dark feeling. 

I Knew a Woman

‘I Knew a Woman’ by Theodore Roethke describes a relationship between a devoted man and his lover, with whom he is completely obsessed. 

In a Dark Time

‘In a Dark Time’ by Theodore Roethke is a powerful, short poem about identity. The speaker contends with their mental health while exploring their darkness.

My Papa’s Waltz

‘My Papa’s Waltz’ by Theodore Roethke is a surprisingly dark poem. It depicts a possibly abusive father who “waltzes” his son to bed.

Night Journey

‘Night Journey’ by Theodore Roethke is a thoughtful, fairly simple poem about the American countryside. He spends the lines admiring the landscapes one can see by train at night. 

Root Cellar

‘Root Cellar’ by Theodore Roethke is a short eleven-line poem that describes a variety of disgusting and smelly plant life that exists within a speaker’s root cellar.

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