Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” is about the struggles of the winter and how normal Sundays went on Hayden’s household. The beginning of the poem states how Hayden’s father works hard throughout the week and on Sundays as well. Hayden writes about his father and says “with cracked hands that ached” (Hayden 644), this illustrates how his father worked so hard that evidence has shown upon his cracked hands. According to Harry Moore in this part of the poem “the repetition of K sounds (clothes, cold, cracked, ached, weekday), plosives B’s (blueback, banked, blaze), and the steady current of long A’s (ached, l...
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.... This painful memory Hayden recalls issues on the topic of violence towards children. “The Whipping” is just another poem that deeply shows Hayden’s tragic childhood memories.
Poets will often get inspiration from other famous poets or write about past experiences that they have encountered. The two poems that Robert Hayden wrote “The Whipping” and “Those Winter Sundays” is a perfect example of taking past events and using that to write poems. Both poems are based off his childhood life living in poverty in Detroit. “Those Winter Sundays” was written as a thanks to his foster father for providing for him for many years. “The Whipping” is based of watching his foster parents abuse each other which eventually lead to him having depression. It may have been a rough childhood for Hayden, but he learned from these past experiences to make himself into famous poet.
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