Analysis Of The Poem Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden Essays

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At the beginning of the poem “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, the speaker introduces cold and uncomfortable images to relay the tone of the poem: Regret for not respecting his father. Hayden uses “blueback cold” in the second line, presenting a tone of sadness and loneliness throughout the house that the speaker and his family like in. The word “blueblack” is such an uncommon word that it carries an extremely negative feeling, exemplifying the cold feeling of distance throughout the family. This developing tone of regret and distance is also created through the speaker’ representation of his father with “cracked hands that ached,” which indicates the father’s struggle with the harsh coldness. The “stirring of banked fires” within the house, even on “Sunday morning too” shows the father’s commitment to better his relationship with his family. Although the father tries, his family does not notice the struggle he made, shown in line four when “No one ever thanked him.” The past tense of the poem shows that a regretful realization of ingratitude toward the father has dawned on the speaker, who now realizes through the memories of his father that the man’s actions were warm and appreciative. The speaker now realizes that his father had “driven out the cold” (cold being both literal and figurative), and by doing to, tried to warm the family and keep family relationships from freezing over. Hayden’s repeated useage of cold and bitterness, ending with his father’s…

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