Those Winter Sundays And My Papas Waltz Analysis

820 Words 4 Pages
Comparing and contrast of “Those Winter Sundays” and “My Papa’s Waltz” In describing “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden and “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke we see that both are reflecting on a childhood experience with their fathers. There is a showing of compassion and understanding in both poems yet fear is also described. The speakers are reflecting back on a past childhood memory with their fathers but we do not understand if they are pleasant or resentment. Although they deal with different situations both are powerful poems forms of displaying a father-son relationships but also differ in demonstrating their feelings towards their fathers. In comparison to the two poems the speakers in the poems are speaking in memory on …show more content…
Another difference is that the speaker speaks directly to his father in the beginning when he describes “The Whiskey on your breath” (Roethke 1) but later in the end of the poem he describes his father as you. In the title of “My Papa’s Waltz” in it, it reveals a loving fatherly name “papa” that he shows for his father. Another difference in the two poems is that the speaker in My Papa’s Waltz speaks directly to his father in the beginning when he describes “The Whiskey on your breath” (Roethke 1) but later in the end of the poem he describes his father as you. . In the title of “My Papa’s Waltz” it displays a loving fatherly name “papa” that he shows for his …show more content…
There is also a depiction of a hard working father who even on Sundays, rest day gets up and works. Even on Sunday mornings he would rise early in the “blue black cold” with his “cracked hands” to light the fire to warm the house before he calls for the others to rise. But it also shows a since of fear when he describes “fearing the chronic angers of the house” (Hayden 9). When describing no on thanks his father for his work shows that maybe his father was taken for granted and underappreciated for his hard work. But yet the speaker speaks of not understanding his father and didn’t understand why his father would do these things for them when he was young but this shows an expression of love and admiration for his father because now he understands the hard work his father did. Even when the poem was a more serious tone there is a since of gratitude but yet fear in fearing the chronic angers of that house but this could be simply the house and not his relationship with his

Related Documents