Theodore Roethke

Theodore Roethke was born in Saginaw, Michigan in March of 1908. His father, Otto, was an immigrant from Germany and worked as a market-gardener and owned a large local 25-acre green house. Read more of Theodore Roethke’s Biography.


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

Dolor by Theodore Roethke

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.

in a dark time by theodore roethke

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.


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