Comparing Those Winter Sundays 'And My Papa's Waltz'

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The differences between “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden and “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke poems is noticeable, and their similarities aren’t noticeable. Thus, Theodore Roethke and Robert Hayden describe the relationship a father and son and the way they communicate. Yet, these two relationships could not be more different. In the Roethke’s poem, the speaker had a strong and positive relationship with his father that couldn't be expressed as well as Hayden's relationship with his father. In fact, the fathers’ ability to communicate with their sons was physically, rather than verbally. Also, both poems use negative aspects, fatherly love, and understanding for their father. In Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” describes the…show more content…
Although both depict fathers, “My Papa’s Waltz” and “Those Winter Sundays” differ dramatically in both the memories of and the feelings toward their fathers.
In the poem “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke, describes the scene of dance between a father and his son. This poem deals with affectionate memories of the narrator and his father. The narrator describes a celebration of the father with his child by dancing across the kitchen floor. However the reader will come to believe that father is drunken who is abusive toward his son. For example, “at every step you missed, my right ear scraped a buckle”. “The Whiskey on your breath could make a small boy dizzy” these two lines can confirms
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The father used to wake up early every Sunday to be ready for church services. In this poem, the father is not friendly and loving, but he made sure that everything stays in order for his family. The son is overwhelmed by guilt for all the years he took his father as a breadwinner. In the first 4 lines “Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blue-black cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze.” describe a man who has to get up in order to fulfill the basic needs of his family. All of his actions are to make life more pleasant for his family. That image is more touching when you consider the idea that "no one ever thanked him"(Hayden 5), his son "spoke indifferently to him"(Hayden 10), and despite his best efforts his home was still overwhelmed by "chronic angers"(Hayden 9). Perhaps his family lacks closeness because of the chaotic work life that he leads. This may be the reason that the son mistreats and misunderstands him so much. Now, the speaker feels that all that insensitivity and ingratitude towards his father come back to disturb him. In fact, the speaker recognizes the enormous duty that raising a family is. Also, he sees how hard it is to make life work, and is able to feel the respect and admiration for his father that he should
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