The poem begins with the speaker speaking in the past tense, looking back at his relationship with his father. Toward the end, the speaker has matured and regrets his indifference toward his father. From the first line of the poem, the speaker acknowledges his fathers efforts for the family on Sunday mornings by stating how his father dedicated his day off to do things for the family. The speaker acknowledges the extra effort his father put in when he wrote “Sundays too my father got up early” (Hayden 677). The word “too” in this line is important because it helps the reader understand that he does not only wake up early on Sundays, but every single day.
(3-4)” The last line “No one ever thanked him(5)” demonstrates that no one appreciates what he did to keep them warm and the devotion he has to his family. The second stanza is from the child’s point of view. He is doing the same thing his father did by rising and getting dressed, but he did it in the warmth of the fire his father had suffered to start. After describing the bitter cold that his father was up in, he states “When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly I would rise and dress(7)” which illustrates that it is already nice in the house... ... middle of paper ... ...good shoes as well”. The art of repetition in the last lines “What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?” puts more emphasis on the emotion behind the words.
The cold that Hayden describes in the house is a reoccurring hardship that the father must face in his life. “Sundays too my father got up early and put on his clothes in the blue black cold,” (lines 1-2, stanza 1). The father woke up early on his treasured time off from work to make sure that the house was warm for his son. The cold is described as if it were a tangible item causing the reader to be drawn in to the poem. “No one ever thanked him.” (line 5, stanza 1).
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.
And also through the juxtaposition between the adult narrator’s opinion on the Sunday’s of his childhood with his father, compared to how he perceived them at the time. The father works hard all week and then does the little things that he can for
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.
In both poems we see compassion at different times. For instances, the speaker in Those Winter Sundays learned compassions, to sympathy about the work his father did to support the family. Then in My Papa’s Waltz the speaker shows compassion to his father from the start of the poem. In the first stanza it states “The whiskey on your breath/ Could make a small boy dizzy;/ But I hung on l... ... middle of paper ... ...he house without any hesitation to stop is what motivates me to have discipline. Compassion do to the fathers had work, I knew that he couldn’t be their all the time for me and sometime drank alcohol do to the stress of work, but was always happy with the family.
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.
In Robert Hayden’s poem, “Those Winter Sundays”, he recalls what his father did on every winter Sunday and how he treated his father in the childhood. By using vivid images and selective words, Hayden describes how his father expressed love to him and his regretting to how he treated his father. The poem consists of three stanzas and is fourteen lines in free verse. Although the poem contains no end rhyme, it does have some melodic sounds. For instance, these words, “blueblack, cracked, ached, weekday, banked, thanked, wake, breaking” follow a K sound.
The father makes an endeavor to do his duties as a father to his son, even during the vigorous time of the season. The father of the speaker being a good father only wakes up his son only when the room is heated up. Despite the fact that his hand is in bad shape due to the physical work he does during the week, he still wakes up very early to polish the good shoes of his son to go to church. The moral upbringing of his son is very important to him, so he focuses more on his son moral values by teaching him moral manners. However, the father of the speaker was never appreciated for all his hard work, love and