Those Winter Sundays

2 February 2017

Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden’s Robert Hayden’s Poem, “Those Winter Sundays,” is the perfect example of a life lesson. As a child growing up there are things we do not realize but eventually life reveals the significance of curtain things and in this poem Hayden’s has this experience. This poem shows how we take things and people closest to us for granted. He does this in three ways, blatantly, with the language he uses, and also with the mood and tone he sets. The speaker in the poem gives imagery of his father being a hard working man.

In line 1 the speaker states, “Sundays too my father got up early. ” Meaning that usully the Sundays when most people rest his father got up early to work. It is obvious that the father was a very hard worker by the lines, “with cracked hands that ached from labor in weekday weather”. In lines 3 through 5, it focuses on his father effort and endured suffering. He is tired from all the work and it is paid for in pain. Yet there isn’t enough pain in the world to prevent him from providing for his family by preparing a fire. But his family never thanked him for what he has done nor have they acknowledged him.

The speaker believed that his father didn’t love him because his father never showed any affection towards his, but little did he know that his father showed his love through the work his did. In the first stanza it seems that Hayden used great language to emphasize his meanings. Notice the sounds that he uses as he tells the beginning of this story. In line 6, consonance continues as the Sunday morning experience is introduced. In line 7 and 8, the father calls to the son, who then performs the same act as the father in lines and two by rising and dressing.

By them doing the same thing, the speaker has come to understand this childhood experience by eventually finding himself in the role of the father. In line 9, it ends with a powerful line. It seems the idea of “chronic angers” is introduced into clam scene in which the father makes the house warm and comfortable for his family. In line 13, the speaker says, “What did I know, what did I know. Now he is realizing that his father really did love him and just showed his loved indirectly. But since he’s an adult now he understands that his father love was just indirect, he father truly did love his and showed it by for the family.

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