Essay on Those Winter Days, My Father's Hat and My Papa's Walz

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The interconnection, of a father and son, is marked by acknowledging one another. Three poets acknowledge their fathers in their poems. Theodore Roethke acknowledges his father’s love and attention. Robert Hayden acknowledges his father’s love by recognizing all of his hard work and sacrifice. Mark Irwin acknowledges his father, after his father’s death.

Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” is a childhood memory of his father whirling him around the kitchen. The mood of the poem is exciting. The poet uses rhyme to describe how he feels using “breath and death,” “dizzy and easy.” (“Papa” 1-4) The reader imagines the father whirling the boy around, and the boy holding on tight to his father. The poet wrote, “We romped until the
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The interconnection, of a father and son, is marked by acknowledging one another. Three poets acknowledge their fathers in their poems. Theodore Roethke acknowledges his father’s love and attention. Robert Hayden acknowledges his father’s love by recognizing all of his hard work and sacrifice. Mark Irwin acknowledges his father, after his father’s death.

Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” is a childhood memory of his father whirling him around the kitchen. The mood of the poem is exciting. The poet uses rhyme to describe how he feels using “breath and death,” “dizzy and easy.” (“Papa” 1-4) The reader imagines the father whirling the boy around, and the boy holding on tight to his father. The poet wrote, “We romped until the pans/slid from the kitchen shelf.” (“Papa” 5-6) and “My mother’s countenance/Could not unfrown itself.” (“Papa” 7-8) The mother appears to dislike the whirling around in the kitchen, but the poet uses the word “romp,” which indicates it was playful and fun. The poet’s childhood memory demonstrates the father’s attention and love for his son.

However, in the poem, “Those Winter Sundays, written by Robert Hayden, the mood of the poem is regretful. The poet describes a cold winter Sunday morning where he stays in bed until the house is warm. The poet expressed sympathy for his father getting up early on a cold Sunday morning. The poet wrote, “Sundays too my father got up early/and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold.” (“Winter” 1-2)

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