A Father's Regrets in Those Winter Sundays Robert Hayden Essay

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Often times in life, people begin to appreciate relationships when reflecting on one’s previous actions and regretting what one has done. In “Those Winter Sundays,” Robert Hayden describes how a son remembers his father’s sufferings and sacrifices that he did not appreciate in the past. Hayden uses visual and auditory imagery, personification, alliteration, and drastic shifts in tone to show how the son recognizes his father’s physical and emotional pain, and regrets his former indifference. Hayden utilizes visual and auditory imagery to demonstrate the father’s discomfort and sacrifice. Readers get a sense of the deadly, frostbite coldness through “blueblack cold” (2). Visual images such as the “blueblack cold” create a painful, frigid…show more content…
Often times in life, people begin to appreciate relationships when reflecting on one’s previous actions and regretting what one has done. In “Those Winter Sundays,” Robert Hayden describes how a son remembers his father’s sufferings and sacrifices that he did not appreciate in the past. Hayden uses visual and auditory imagery, personification, alliteration, and drastic shifts in tone to show how the son recognizes his father’s physical and emotional pain, and regrets his former indifference. Hayden utilizes visual and auditory imagery to demonstrate the father’s discomfort and sacrifice. Readers get a sense of the deadly, frostbite coldness through “blueblack cold” (2). Visual images such as the “blueblack cold” create a painful, frigid setting, making the readers understand the father’s heroic deed. Due to the father’s continuous efforts to make a warm, cozy environment for the family, the son does not need to work everyday in cold, harsh environments like the father does. Symbolized by making the fire, the father constantly strives to create a better condition for his family. The son also describes his father’s suffering through the visual image of “cracked hands that ached” (3). This image shows that the father works under grim circumstances for a long time, to the point where his hands are damaged from the laborious working environment. Also having a deeper meaning than only physical pain, the “[aching] hands” could also be used to create a sense of father’s emotional
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