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"Those Winter Sundays" By Robert Hayden
Transcript of "Those Winter Sundays" By Robert Hayden
Sundays By Robert Hayden 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. I'd wake to hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he'd call, and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house, Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well. What did I know, what did I know of love's austere and lonely offices? analysis: Robert Hayden uses theme in "Those Winter Sundays" to show us the value of being loved. In lines 10-14, he says "Speaking indifferently to him, / who had driven out the cold / and polished my good shoes as well. / What did I know, what did I know / of love's austere and lonely offices? " What he means by this is that love should not be taken for granted, even if the relationship is strained. As Robert says that the child fears "the chronic angers of that house" (line 9), he is saying that the child's relationship with his father isn't a very good one, but his father still loves him to polish his shoes and warm the house for him, and little actions of love like that should never be taken for granted. Robert Hayden uses the tone of regret in "Those Winter Sundays" to show his regret for his own childhood past of not respecting his own father. On lines 11-13, he says "Speaking indifferently to him, / who had driven out the cold / and polished my good shoes as well". Here he is showing of the guilt he felt when his father showed these acts of love and care for him, which at the time he took for granted. He is trying to show his regret of his decisions of his earlier age. Robert Hayden uses negative connotation in "Those Winter Sundays" to show us his regret and negative affects that show up after disrespecting your father and taking things for granted. All throughout the poem he uses the words "cold", "splintering", "breaking" all in a negative connotation to take the poem as a sad, regretful poem. Robert is trying to get the reader to understand that relationships with your parents and the love they give you should never be taken for granted. CITATIONS: "Those Winter Sundays." - Poets.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. "Robert Hayden." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Feb. 2013. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. THE END . by Allysa Rapadas "Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More." Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013. "The Online Royalty Free Public Domain Clip Art." - Vector Clip Art Online, Royalty Free & Public Domain. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.