The poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden shows us how love can be presented in a way that is not necessarily obvious at the time. The speaker of the poem is an adult, most likely a male, which is looking back on his childhood and seeing a different perspective than he did so many years ago. This child’s father is the main character throughout the short, but powerful sonnet. The title of the poem displays a few ideas to the audience. First, it is winter which means it is cold and secondly, that it is Sunday.
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 father gets up early every single day, even Sunday. This is odd because Sunday to most people, is the one day a week designated to resting and going to church. The father in the poem does not just wake up early; he wakes up while it is still dark and cold out, before sunrise. In addition, the father dresses in the dark.
Modern poets often reflect back on their childhood relationships with their fathers. Some poets see their fathers with a new found appreciation, some may look at them with acceptance, and still others are trying to move past the emotional grip a father may have had on them. Some poets see their father with a new found appreciation. For example, in Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays,” the narrator expresses his appreciation for his father when he poses the question: “What did I know, what did I know / of love’s austere and lonely offices?” (Hayden 13-14). As a child, it is hard to gain an appreciation for one’s father because one does not think about how much a father does for his child.
Outside of his home, Hayden was bullied and so, in order to cope with home and social life, he buried himself in books in which resulted in his career of writing. In this poem that Robert Hayden wrote the reader comes to see that much of his work comes from his own personal life. Upon learning Mr. Hayden’s background, one can assume that he, Robert Hayden, is the narrator telling us of his foster father in his early childhood. To begin his poem Robert Hayden tells us of his father getting up on Sunday mornings before everyone el... ... middle of paper ... ...vel increased he came to a sudden revelation, perhaps it was because he was now a working man whose career focused on insight and deep understanding. All the readers know is that, from reading this story “Those Winter Sundays”, Hayden was able to finally understand and appreciate all that his father had done for him.
The father rises early to wake his family and warm the house. To warm the house, he goes out in the cold and splits wood to start a fire. This is a poem about an older boy looking back to his childhood and regretting that “No one ever thanked him.” In Those Winter Sundays'; by Robert Hayden, the poet also relinquishes on a regular occurrence in his childhood. On Sunday mornings, just as any other morning, his father rises early and puts on his clothes in the cold darkness. He ... ... middle of paper ... ... Explicator 51.4 (1993): 245.
This is a short lyric poem about the speaker’s childhood. The speaker remembers how his father made all those sacrifices for him. The poem’s view point compares that of a boy and the perspective of him as an adult. According to the first line, there is an action that precedes the anecdote. As the poem suggests, the father wakes up early every day of the week to do work, including Sundays.
The poet describes a cold winter Sunday morning staying in bed until the house is warm. The poet expressed sympathy for his father who got up early on a cold Sunday morning... ... middle of paper ... ... labor in the weekday weather made.” (“Winter” 3) Mark Irwin, however, did not describe his father’s hands, but he did acknowledge his father by the love of his father’s hat. Mark Irwin’s imagery was his use of the senses of smell of the hat, imagining he was in a forest and listening to the wind in the trees. The childhood memories of the three poets indicates their acknowledgement of their fathers. This acknowledgement indicates the importance of the relationship between a father and a son.
The speaker says, “Sundays too” (Hayden line 1) as if it were included like every other weekday. Traditionally, families rest and participate in other activities other than work on Sundays, but not the speaker’s father. His father worked hard no matter what state the weather was or his physical condition was, he had a family to care for, which was his objective. Next, the speaker says, “No one ever thanked him” (Hayden line 5). In the poem the speaker also says, “I would rise and dress, / fearing the chronic angers of that house” (Hayden lines 8 and 9).
His father encouraged Robert to gain an education in order to lift himself out of poverty. Yet, at the same time, his father found it difficult to communicate with his foster son, who always had his head in a book or was constantly studying. The lack of verbal communication between his father and himself can be seen in his poem "Those Winter Sundays." The overall impression of the poem is that love can be communicated in other ways than through words; it can be communicated through everyday, mundane actions. For example, in the poem, the father awakens on "Sundays too" to warm the house with a fire and polish his sons shoes.
Robert Hayden’s view of his father is intriguing in his poem “Those Winter Sundays.” The poem is told from the perspective of a man looking back at his childhood and his relationship between his father and himself. I relate to this poem immensely because it discusses the relationship between a father and a son. The overall theme of love is present through the father’s continuous sacrifices for his family. Hayden uses imagery and diction to further emphasize his portrayal of his father. The imagery Hayden uses in this poem is an aid to entice the reader in the first few lines.