Paul even used each of these life experiences as lessons in the second part of the book, The Book of Memory. In The Book of Memory, Paul used stories such as Pinocchio and other recollections to show his life as a father. It also allowed him to let the readers know not only the importance of memory, but to enjoy life to the fullest with the ones you love. He also explained writing as an author in his later life and the loneliness that came with his divorce. The conflict of this story is shown with Paul trying to deal with his father’s death in the Portrait of an Invisible Man, and his divorce in The Book of Memory.
Robert Hayden is an author whose childhood, like many others, helped shaped his perception on life. As a child, Hayden suffered through a family crises where his biological parents separated after his birth and soon after, he became the foster son of his neighbors (Gates and Smith, 225). This crucial family division has lead Hayden to write many works demonstrating his hardships throughout this experience. Focusing on one of his poems “Those Winter Sundays,” he depicts the troublesome relationship between his foster father, as discussed in class, and himself. A feelings of regret are shown throughout the poem because of the lack of appreciation the speaker had towards his father as a child.
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.
In support of this statement, on page 142, Butterfield provides the reader with a psychiatrist's observa... ... middle of paper ... .... There are numerous examples of how Willie's mother neglected him and his father influence on him was not only nonexistent but also a negative one, Butch was in jail. Willie's deviant life started not on the day he was born, but since the beginning of his family's existence. Butterfield give extensive information on how the Boskets grew and the negative social influences that they faced throughout their history. The negative influences that each generation of Boskets faced allowed for the passing down of mistrust and a selfish lifestyle that put themselves first above their family members.
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.
In the Poem “Those Winter Sunday’s” the narrator reminiscences of the cold Sunday’s spent with his father, and reflects upon his childish indiscretions. The speaker’s reflections create a story which illustrates the nature of the relationship between a parent and child. The author Robert Hayden highlights the meaning of the poem, that parenting is a lonely and thankless job through the use of irony. The irony is created through word choice used with the characters which oppose their nature. 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.
Alfred Tennyson was born in 1809, the fourth son of the Reverend George Clayton Tennyson, in Lincolnshire, England. His early childhood was a combination of cooperating with numerous siblings, engaging in a rigorous classical education forced upon him by his father, and an increasing fear of his father's drunken violence and paranoid resentment at the children and wife. Tennyson's fear of inherited madness, what he called “the black blood of the Tennysons”, and his grief for his friend Aurther Hallam, would be with him for much of his life and provide a basis on which he expressed his feelings in poems. Beginning with Queen Victoria’s long reign, lasting from 1837 to 1901, the Victorian Era brought about many changes. Great expansion resulted in factories, towns, and other businesses.