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.
A feelings of regret are shown throughout the poem because of the lack of appreciation the speaker had towards his father as a child. Hayden writes, “what did I know, what did I know,”
“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.
This is a short lyric poem about the speaker’s childhood. The speaker remembers how his father made all those sacrifices for him. The poem’s view point compares that of a boy and the perspective of him as an adult. According to the first line, there is an action that precedes the anecdote. As the poem suggests, the father wakes up early every day of the week to do work, including Sundays.
The survival and honor of the family rested on these beliefs. Through the course of the war, Kien lost these values: his father was not properly respected, the dead were not appropriately buried, and were even forgotten. After the war, the Kien spends his time struggling to return to these values and purge his soul of these sins. At the beginning of the novel, we learn that Kien never understood his father. Kien also states that he comprehends “why his mother had left his father and come to live with this wise, kind-hearted man.” (Ninh, 59).
They’d always be treating him badly and had taken advantage of their poor grandfather, who mostly stays in his bed, and the fact the Tom is a nice lad, knowing that he won’t tell about how they’ve mistreated him. One day, they were invited to the king’s palace for a masquerade ball. But Tom’s brothers wouldn’t let him go. They had made him go fetch their suits and masks, making him shine all their shoes, leaving him home with their grandfather. Tom felt very sad, but knowing that his grandfather would be home alone.
Meursault’s mother shows his lack of emotion his outlook on life and his inability to lie, while Samsa’s parents show that he was once a provider but throughout the book he loses that ability. The fact that Samsa was living at home working to support his family and that Meursault had sent his mother away to a rest home is a clear example of the different ways in which these men think, and even though Meursault sent his mother away, he felt he was being kind to her by doing it.
When the job is done Romero takes a nap and quickly realizes he left his favorite shirt outside. Unable to find his shirt, Romero automatically assumes that the old man has taken advantage of him by taking his food, money and his shirt. This in return leaves Romero feeling disappointed and taken advantage of. Gilb implies that a man who works hard will see the value in all things he has acquired.
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.