My Papa's Waltz

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The Father-Son Connection
One of the most powerful relationships someone ever forms is the connection that they have with their own father. “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden and “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke are both poems that brilliantly describe this powerful relationship between father and son. The feelings that the poets have toward the subject are found deep within the two poems often hidden behind how the character feels toward his own father. Even though these poems were published in different time periods, one feels the similarities and differences within the tone, form, or even the imagery of the poems.
“Those Winter Sundays” and “My Papa’s Waltz” were written by two different authors so naturally there are some
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But when one is to look at the tone in "those Winter Sundays" they may find that it’s very regretful. The adult narrator is remembering the admirable qualities of his dead father. The narrator refers to his father 's with "then with cracked hand that ached/in the weekday weather made/banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him," which demonstrates that the child took the father and his actions for granted, and now, as an adult, the speaker is feeling remorse for it. The narrator copes with the loss of his father and his inability to tell the father that he appreciated the “Sunday ritual” by saying "What did I know, what did I know/of love 's austere and lonely offices.”
The few similarities of these poems lie in the idea behind the writing. Both Hayden and Roethke seem to have created a poem that is about the bond between father and son. Even more so, the poems both take the form of a memory of the speaker who is looking back to a time that they remember with their own father. The last major difference in these two poems is how the author uses imagery within the work. In “Those Winter Sundays” there is no expression of warmth within human activity. These images reflect the cold of the house, the cold of the father 's hands, "that ached" and the cold in the boy 's heart, "speaking indifferently." On
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