Talk:Theodore Roethke

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Which did he have- depression, or manic depression?

XXX encountered mention of Roethke exhibiting manic behaviors. Many people with recurrent episodes of major depression may best be diagnosed and treated as having bipolar disorder. However for the Roethke article, it would be best not to use the deprecated term "manic-depression" nor to give a medical diagnosis, but instead to write of nonspecific bouts of depression. This latter term, in lay use, covers a host of meanings. I'm modifying the article's text accordingly. Myron 16:53, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

Theodore Roethke suffered from Manic Depression, or bipolar disorder. He would commonly experience bouts of depression as part of his illness, as apparent in some of his poetry. -- (talk) 04:50, 9 March 2011 (UTC)

Rothke should redirect here. 01:49, 1 September 2006 (UTC)

Ogalala / Indian[edit]

good day. i'm reading a book by larry woiwode in which the works of mr roethke are discussed. one poem supposedly cited from roethke's works contains the words "i shall become an indian" or "i shall become an iroquois" or something to that effect. the book's author, mr. woiwode, also alludes to the poem having at one time---either by roethke's hand or by someone else and posthumously---contained the addendum "ogalala." ex: "i shall become an indian/iroquois. ogalala?" is the suggestion of this addendum purely part of woiwode's imagination as a novelist, or does the word 'ogalala' actually appear in any of roethke's works? if it does appear, what is its meaning? thank you in advance. 16:22, 9 November 2006 (UTC)


Someone seems to have vandalized the history section. Funny as it is, it needs to be cleaned up, and I don't personally know enough about Roethke to clean it up properly and sort fact from ridiculousness. Cwilli201 21:31, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

== Many inaccuracies in this article ==gave some to enoc

There are many gaps in Roethke's experience, his illness appears to be depicted inaccurately, dates may be off —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bracbooks (talkcontribs) 14:27, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

Beatrice O'Connell note[edit]

The web page below has a note on her return to Saginaw, MI

"Beatrice Roethke Lushington, now 85, and her husband traveled from England [..]"

G. Robert Shiplett 12:32, 17 November 2013 (UTC)