`` Those Winter Sundays `` By Robert Hayden

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It may seem unlikely that someone who viewed himself as an outsider would leave a legacy as a postmodern poet, yet Robert Hayden did just that in his poem, “Those Winter Sundays.” The poet utilizes his own alienation as a tool to reveal an insider’s view on the issues of his time. Robert Hayden was born in a poor suburb outside Detroit on August 4, 1913. His name at birth was Asa Bundy Sheffey. He was raised, however, as Robert Hayden, the name given by his foster parents. Hayden’s foster parents happened to live across the street from where Hayden was born. Hayden did not discover the story until later in life. Realizing this story helped shape his life as a poet. He established a lasting legacy of both postmodernism and African-American achievement. At the same time, his poetry helped Robert Hayden discover who he was as a person. Hayden was extremely nearsighted as a child. He abandoned the notion of sports in favor of reading, eventually developing a deep-seated love of reading that turned into a career as a poet and a legacy of many notable works. Hayden is sometimes compared to Robert Frost in terms of breakout hits. His first volumes did extremely well in the United Kingdom upon their release. (Glaysher 2) It is through his poems that Hayden “[s]ubtly characterizes modern society while portraying its victims. (Fetrow 1) He deals with controversial issues presented throughout his African-American heritage that are postmodern in style. Hayden is able to utilize
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