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- Roethke as both a refuge, a source of protection from the father's violence, and as repressive force.With the utmost poetic economy the third and fourth stanzas offer a portrait of his father rich in contradictions -- by focusing on his hands, injured from working in the garden, Roethke demonstrates how he was drawn to the earthiness and the power of his father, and by careful use of parallelism the father becomes almost a force of nature in himself, inflicting wounds upon the son: "The hand that held my wrist / Was battered on one knuckle; / At every step you missed / My right ear scraped a buckle."
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