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Those Winter Days

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Karina Barstow

on 22 September 2016

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Transcript of Those Winter Days

Sundays too my father got up early
And put his clothes on in the blue-back cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.
Those Winter Sundays
What does stanza one mean?
The theme of the poem," Those Winter Sundays" is realization of lack of appreciation. The narrator realizes all of the things the father did for him later on in life, based on the past tense format. Meaning at the time his father did all of the things in the poem the narrator was oblivious.

Theme

Those Winter Sundays
Sundays too my father got up early And
put his clothes on in the blue-back 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,
feeling 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?
What does stanza two mean?
I'd wake and 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,
Some Figurative language
came from the second
stanza.
"Fearing the chronic
angers of the house" (2)
What does stanza three mean?
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?

By Robert Hayden
The father is a hard, unappreciated worker and is tired but getting up on a cold morning to work even though he doesn't have to.
Mood
Poetic
Elements
The mood is cold and thoughtful, the boy is looking back on a memory. He is just now coming to the realization that his father had loved him.
The father wakes the son and after a while the son rises, dresses, and is afraid of a possibly irritable father.
Speaking in a bored tone to his father, he realizes he knows not of the things his
father
does
for him.
Figurative Language
This suggests that the house itself is angry, but rather an angry feeling in the house due to a possibly but not fully likely angry father, where instead he is simply loving to his family.
Metaphor
"what did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?" (3)
This compares
the love of a
father to something
cold, lonely
and empty
Rhyme Scheme
Sundays too my father got up early And
put his clothes on in the blue-back 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,
feeling 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?
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B
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C
D

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F
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G

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Project By: Ciara Williams, Delores Garcia, & Karina Barstow
Thanks for
Listening
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