And, in each stanza, there are hints of a cold, distant relationship between father and son which is never really reconciled. Over a period of time, probably years, the speaker gains some perspective on the role of his father, but there are still loose ends to tie up.
The speaker recalls the actions of a father who each Sunday rises early to dutifully make a fire and polish the good shoes for his son. Each man performed his harsh service in the name of love.
The father was a harsh man that scared his children, but deep down inside he loved them very much. Here we have a reflective tone of voice, looking back, trying to make sense of all that was going on, all that had happened. Maybe not so much? After each activity, have students examine their findings and discuss the relationship between the father and son in this poem.
The father son relationship in this poem is perfect.
With or without the communications it is clear, that the fathers love for his son and family is unconditional. Maybe its clear in one poem, and hard to see in another, its still there. It consists of four sentences broken up into three stanzas. If someone grew up in a home where their father drank a lot and horse played with their son, causing pain to him, I could see the fearful and painful interpretation.
If I see anything from his past, I see the poem as a exact replica of his life. The speaker tells us of his fear in the eighth and ninth lines. However, the experiences are very different. This combination, together with unusual syntax and a dash of alliteration weekday weather, banked fires blazetends to create a mix of music not altogether harmonious, again a reflection of the atmosphere within the home.
It also signifies a religious rite or ceremony "office". I never would have though the father as being jolly and playful after one drink and the type of father who lives to horse play with his son.
One contrasting view point to mine, could be made by comparing the types of readers and their past experiences with their own fathers, to the fathers in the poem. Robert Hayden was brought up by foster parents following the bust up of his real mother and father so perhaps the poem is an attempt to re-capture some part of a traumatic childhood.
Why Should I Care?Those Winter Sundays is a poem about a memory. The speaker recalls the actions of a father who each Sunday rises early to dutifully make a fire and polish the good shoes for his son. The speaker recalls the actions of a father who each Sunday rises early to dutifully make a fire and polish the good shoes for his son.
Our speaker in “Those Winter Sundays” is an adult who looks back on his childhood relationship with his father.
In some ways, it’s almost like our speaker is split in two; he’s both the child who fears his father and the adult who looks back upon his pops with love, respect, and understanding.
In ” Those Winter Sundays” the father son relationship is carried by both father and son’s in ability to communicate their love for each other. The total opposite is found in ” My Papa’s Waltz,” the love and communication is all present. In Robert Hayden’s "Those Winter Sundays," the speaker is a man reflecting on his past and his apathy toward his father when the speaker was a child.
As an adult the speaker has come to understand what regretfully had escaped him as a boy. "Those Winter Sundays" describes a son's recollection of his relationship with his father. When the son was a boy, he didn't appreciate precisely what it meant for his father to warm the rooms of.
Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" is a poem that has a lot to say in a small amount of space. It uses one event to describe a father's whole relationship with his son. "Those Winter Sundays" is a poem written for Robert Hayden's father.
Although at first, the poem does not seem to be a great.Download