Analysis Of Robert Hayden 's ' Those Winter Sundays '

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Selflessly Responsible

Having little to no concern for oneself, that definition of selfless best describes the father in Robert Hayden’s, “Those Winter Sundays”, as well as mine. Because of this I decided to write my first paper for this class about the relationship between a father and son. Before taking this class I was never able to relate to a poem quite like this one. Especially when it comes to how hard a good parent is willing work to provide for their family. How despite the fact that my Father, much like the father mentioned in Robert Hayden’s poem, did not receive the recognition he deserved for his hard work he never stopped going the extra mile for my family. Also similar to the poem I look back with some regret on the lack of appreciation I showed to my Father. With fathers that display such hard work and dedication, even in the face of people who don’t fully appreciate them, relating to the wonderful poem by Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” was easier than I expected. Starting with the first 2 lines of the poem, “Sundays too my father got up early, and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold” (Hayden, Those Winter Sundays – Making Literature Matter: Anthology for Readers and Writers 6th ed), I thought of my Father. Being an infantryman in the United States Army required him to leave for work very early, in fact I rarely can recall an occasion of him still being home when I woke up during one of his work days. At that time we lived in New York,

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