Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden Essay

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Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden tells about a child’s indifferent relationship with his father. The poem explains all of the things the father did for his child without being asked or thanked. It then jumps to the child’s point of view and tells what they say as a child as to what they see now as an adult looking back. The child, who is now grown, shows signs of regret as he looks back at how he treated his father, who sounds to have passed away. Finally, in the final lines the speaker realizes that the father’s relationship was filled with love. In the beginning two sentences of the poem, the speaker talks about his father getting up early on Sundays too, the word too should be emphasized because it shows that this means the…show more content…
The speaker talks of waking as the “blueblack cold” is subsiding and beginning to splinter and break as the fire his father lit melts it. However, even once the house is warm the father merely calls to the child to wake. He does not rush the child, this known when the speaker talks of how slowly he would get up and get dressed. This shows the tender side of the father, who wakes up early every day of the week in the cold in order to support his family and to keep them warm. In contrast, in line nine, the speaker talks of chronic angers in the house. This could refer to the father or the family being unhappy or angry. However, it could also be that the speaker is using personification and referring to the house as being angry. Perhaps there have been bad events such as hardships that have occurred in the house that have left behind an angry vibe. Whatever the case may be, the anger is defined as chronic, meaning that is serious enough to strike fear into the speaker and persists for long time. In line ten the speaker talks of how ungrateful and unfazed or unconcerned the speaker is with his father. This part may refer back to line five where the speaker said the father was never once thanked for going out of his way or anything he did. The speaker may have been so indifferent that he was just blind as a child when it came to everything his father did. However, the indifference could also be
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