“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. (Hayden 1-5)
No one ever thanked his father, including himself, and the regret and remorse eats away at the poe...
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...a poem of his father would have never been written. Since he didn't care about his father at youth, he wouldn't have cared for his ‘switched’ drunk father, so he wouldn't have been affected by it much. As for the poet for “My Papa’s Waltz,” he deserves the father like that of the one from “Those Winter Sundays.” Because the poet was such a loving and caring child, having a loving and caring father would have been perfect for not only the poet, but also for the father. If this poet were to have his ‘switched’ father, he wouldn't have written a poem like so. He would have had a much happier childhood because having a caring and loving father seemed to me, from the poem, that this was the only thing the child wished for.
Arp, Thomas R., and Greg Johnson. Perrine's Sound & Sense: An Introduction to Poetry. 13th ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2011. Print.
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