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Those winter Sundays written by Robert Hayden.

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Enrique Granados Greavu-Comley ENGL 1102 T/TH 9:30 4 march 2004 Those Winter Sundays Those winter Sundays written by Robert Hayden is a poem to ponder for a while. The poem may look simple, but analyzing it deeply shows that is a complicated one with a well-defined sentiment of no appreciation and sorrow towards his father. These sentiments will change to the end of the poem. Also, the poem can be understood in various ways: one way could be a positive feeling from the writer towards his father or the other one could be a complaint about his father's toughness. The choice of words that Robert Hayden uses is not complicated, which makes it easy to read and understand at first glance and produces imagery of gloom and cold changing to warmth and light. ...read more.


heat up the house and give comfort to his family "Sundays too many my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,/ then with cracked hands that ached/ from labor in the weekday weather made/ banked fires blaze./ No one ever thanked him" (1-5). There is no doubt that the father was a noble and responsible man. The writer uses middle diction because he uses an educated language but not elevated enough to be considered formal diction. He describes what the child would do on Sunday mornings: "I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking./ When the rooms were warm, he'd call,/ and slowly I would rise and dress," (6-8). ...read more.


However, at the end of the poem he is a grown man and realizes that he was ignorant to his father feeling towards him and finally gives credit to his father: "What did I know, what did I know/ of love's austere and lonely offices?" (13-14). This is a great poem because many readers can relate themselves to the child or the father. When people are young sometimes they do not understand the reasons of the actions from the significant others. But life goes on and they begin to understand the love and commitment that a father has towards his son. But until the young ones reach maturity, then they begin to appreciate what the old ones did for them. ...read more.

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