My Father 's Song And Those Winter Sundays

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Most of the earliest memories people have are of their family members. That is the theme for both of the poems My Father’s Song and Those Winter Sundays. Both of the authors, Hayden and Ortiz have feelings about their fathers and express them throughout each poem. Their feelings towards their fathers are both alike and different. As for the poems, My Father’s Song and Those Winter Sundays also contain many similarities and differences. My Father’s Song is a poem that was written by Simon J. Ortiz. It is spoken by a child, who is reminiscing on his father. The child recalls the special father-son relationship that they shared. One fond memory of his is in the fourth stanza which states, “Very gently, he scooped tiny pink animals into…show more content…
He would wake up the household when the house was warm and the children still spoke indifferently to him even though he warmed up the house and even polished the children’s shoes. The child describes the family as ungrateful for what the father does for them. The theme of Those Winter Sundays is hard to determine. Because there is more than one theme. The poem explores themes like ungratefulness and love. The love theme is not upfront and easy to identify because it is not really portrayed, one can see it in the father as he does these things for his family. Ungratefulness is easier to see because they do not thank the father for anything he does. The tone of this story could be regret because the speaker regrets not showing any appreciative towards his dad. The poem also comes with the elements of speech such as internal rhyme, imagery, and personification. Internal rhyme can be found in the first stanza line 5 when he says “banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.” The rhyme is in the words banked and thanked. Imagery is also found in the first stanza line 2 when he states “put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached.” And finally, personification is found in the second stanza the last line when he says “fearing the chronic angers of that house.” This is personification because they are giving the house the emotion of being angry. Each of the poems can be characterized as similar for a vast amount of
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