In contrast Hayden is not mentioning his mother at all, which could also be a hint that maybe she died, since the father toke over almost all the house duties. Due to the rhymes, and the short lines in “My Papa’s Waltz” the literary value of the poem seems to have an apparent simplicity. On the other hand, in “Those Winter Sundays” the language looks heavier, almost like reading prose, making the reader think twice about the real meaning of the words. Judging by the tone, significance, importance, and the meaning of these powerful poems we can see that both authors are yearning for closure, because of the open wounds that never really healed. There is no indication in the poems that they accomplished to make peace with their ongoing torment.
“Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden, talks about his childhood and how his father went out of his way to please his boy and others, but never did he show any gratitude or appreciation. Now as an adult, the poet starts to feel guilty and miserable for never letting his father know he was a good man. The poem starts out by telling us the situations the poet’s father would go out into to do things for others, yet no one ever thanked him, he was unrecognized. Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
A relationship is important to a father and son. The importance is acknowledging one another. Father and son relationships are important in the poems, “My Papa’s Waltz,” “Those Winter Sundays,” and “My Father’s Hat.” Theodore Roethke acknowledges his father’s love and attention in his poem, “My Papa’s Waltz.” Robert Hayden acknowledges his father in his poem, “Those Winter Sundays,” by recognizing his father’s hard work and sacrifice. Mark Irwin acknowledges his father in his poem, “My Father’s Hat.” The three poems acknowledge the fathers; however, the poems are different in their mood. The mood of Theodore Roethke’s poem, “My Papa’s Waltz,” is exciting.
Hayden refers in line 6 to him hearing: “the cold splintering, breaking.” This diction indicates to the reader that the house is transitioning into a warm and speaks toward the fire mentioned in the line before. In line 9, he gives me awareness of why he does not appreciate his father’s actions as a child. He states he wakes “fearing the chronic angers of that house.” Hayden uses chronic anger to show the reader that this is a continuous anger his father possesses. The anger his father has accumulates from his harsh labor he performs during the week, and no one ever thanking him most likely intensifies this anger. Hayden also mentions in line 10 that he speaks “…indifferently…” to his father.
Seamus Heaney describes in the poem of what he did that day when he's younger brother was killed. The stanza begins with the "morning" in line one, but it is two o'clock in line three, showing that hour have passed in waiting. The second stanza begins with the image of Heaney's father "crying". Heaney's father appears to be a strong man of few words, so having him crying causes a powerful emotion in the reader. The effect that his father crying has on Heaney is also written, he says how his father had 'Always taken funerals in his stride' this gives the clear message that this funeral is different, devastating for even the seemingly stronger members of Heaney's family.
The poem "My Papa's Waltz" uses imagery by especially appealing to the sense of touch. The sense of touch also helps the reader to better understand the abusive father theme. The third stanza concentrates on the actual act of abuse. The author, Roethke, describes the battle wounds on the father and son that are inflicted by the father. The father's hand "was battered on one knuckle" from hitting his son with a belt (10).
“My Papa’s Waltz” contains imagery that can be interpreted in several ways. When the boy sees his father’s hand that “Was battered on one knuckle” (10), one assumes his battered knuckles are because of hard work or inflicting abuse on his child. The line “With a palm caked hard by dirt” (14) depicts the father as a hard-working laborer. This also suggests that he is pushed to the limit because of his work. As the father and child were in a waltz, the narrator
Roethke states that the father’s hands are “battered on one knuckle”. The mother was so upset about the dancing that she did nothing other than frown. At the end of the day, the father waltzed the son to bed. “Those Winter Sundays” is based on a regular Sunday morning. The father rises early to wake his family and warm the house.
This made his mother so upset that she could do nothing but frown. Finally, his father "waltzed" him on to bed. 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 then goes out in the cold and splits fire wood with which he uses to start a fire in the house.
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).