Those Winter Sundays

2241 WordsMay 2, 20129 Pages
“Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, is a beautiful poem. Hayden’s poem tells a grown man’s perspective of his father. In the poem it is clear that there is distance between them and little communication. But it is discovered at the end of the poem, that love is actually present. Although it is only a 14-line poem, it packs remarkable power into each line. The very unrythmed poem begins with a very simple line letting you know what tone and mood the poem is set in. The title “Those Winter Sundays”, also lets you know that it’s cold because its winter and that its Sunday. Also, that the events in the story took place in the past. As the speaker’s father is introduced, I am lead to believe that he is the he will be a main…show more content…
This developing tone of regret is also aided by the poet 's illustration of his father with the auditory image of "cracked hands" and the sensory term "ached", both of which indicate that the father 's struggle with the harsh coldness (line 3). Similarly, Hayden references his father in relation to the breaking and splintering cold to prove that his father experienced discomfort in battling the uncomfortable conditions, yet still triumphed (line 6). His repeated use of harsh auditory and cold sensory imagery, culminating with a sequence indicating his father 's success over these images, represent Hayden 's pensive recollection of his tough past and his regret that he never thanked his father for taming the uncomfortable elements. While expressing pensive regret, the poet also reveals the admiration and respect he gained for his father over the years with the use of active and warm images. After noting the breaking of the cold, Hayden writes that his father would call him "when the rooms were warm" (line 7). In establishing this connection, the poet effectively equates warmth with his father 's efforts and presence. Hayden further exposes his admiration for his dad when he refers to him not as his father, but rather as the man "who had driven out the cold" (line 11). His emphasis on the active image, "driven", magnifies focus on the efforts of his
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