The events of our childhood and interactions with our parents is an outline of our views as parents ourselves. Although Robert Hayden’s relationship with his father differentiates from the relationship of Theodore Roethke and his father, they are both pondering back to their childhood and expressing the events in a poem. “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Those winter Sundays” provide the reader with an image of a childhood event which states how fathers are being viewed by their children. These poems reflect upon the relationship of the father and child when the child was a youth. Both Roethke and Hayden both indicate that their fathers weren’t perfect although they look back admiringly at their fathers’ actions.
Throughout the poem, Bilgere shows that even though you struggle in life, there is alway a way to find yourself as a successful individual. Bilgere was a young boy who suffered from alcohol abuse. The first few stanzas of the poem started off showing happiness when describing his father teaching him how to ride a bicycle. Getting deeper into the poem, it turns to a rough point when Bilgere compares the push while riding a bike to his own marriage. For instance “ As I make some perilous adult launch / like pulling away from my wife.” (462) Knowing that his father and mother split up when Bilgere was a young child, shows that the divorce affected his future.
Love will always be there Robert Hayden 's "Those Winter Sundays" and Theodore Roethke 's "My Papa 's Waltz" distinctly captures the bond and the dynamic between the fathers and their sons interrelationships. For many people love is a very difficult feeling to express. Some express love through actions, while others through genuine feelings. Throughout the generations, the father figure performed many important roles in the family. He was the main breadwinner, protector, and a figure that a child will always look up too with trust and admiration.
I like when he realizes because he said “What did I know, what did I know” (13). All in all both of the poems are amazing realization of the past with their father’s relationships and reflecting on some positive or negative moments in their lives. While on poet thought he had a good dad when he was young he looks back and analyze that his father used to play with him when he was drunk and basically was the one holding him through his unbalance moment. When it should have been the other way around. Although in “Those winter Sundays” the boy didn’t care about his father hardship work and showed no type of appreciation, realizes that he was an exceptional father that had a lot to give.
Not all fathers are virtuous, but most are great fathers. Furthermost fathers provide their children a possibility to dream big, to have high goals and have the opportunity to reach those goals and dreams. Most fathers work hard to provide their family with a warm home, food, and guidance for the family. The poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden and My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke provides evidence on how children learn from our fathers. Some individuals believe the two poems are violent and are about neglecting and beating the children.
In the course of a young man’s life, a fatherly figure is pivotal for the maturity and adulthood a young man needs to become a well minded wise man. In both poems, “Those Winter Sundays” and “My Papa’s Waltz,” the authors reminisce on a past event that occurred to them in their lives. These events are engraved vividly in their minds and both are having to due with their fathers. “Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, talks about a memory that he wished wasn't real; a sense of regret in this poem is the main feeling that we as the readers feel. In “My Papa’s Waltz,” by Theodore Roethke, we see a completely different situation.
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.
It pained Dylan Thomas to see his father so peaceful, because he had been very sarcastic and angry his whole life. His ill father was just a shadow of his former self. In the poem, he urges his father to “not go gentle into that good night”. “That good night” represents death and the end of his pain. He knows that his father is going to a better place, but he doesn’t want him to fade peacefully.
While most of us think back to memories of our childhood and our relationships with our parents, we all have what he would call defining moments in our views of motherhood or fatherhood. It is clearly evident that both Theodore Roethke and Robert Hayden have much to say about the roles of fathers in their two poems as well. While the relationships with their fathers differ somewhat, both men are thinking back to a defining moment in their childhood and remembering it with a poem. "My Papa's Waltz" and "Those Winter Sundays" both give the reader a snapshot view of one defining moment in their childhood, and these moments speak about the way these children view their fathers. Told now years later, they understand even more about these moments.