Father, Son and "Those Winter Sundays"
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This paper analyzes Robert Hayden's poem "Those Winter Sundays". It first considers theme, motif and imagery. The theme presented is that of delayed gratitude expressed by the son to the father for quiet and tacit expressions of love. The paper then considers other devices used, such as repetition, assonance and alliteration. Finally, the nature of fatherly love is dwelt on in a reflective way.
From the Paper:"The poem is a recollection of how the father used to brave the severe winter mornings to warm the home so that the son may rise from bed in warm surroundings. In the final two lines we find a rhetorical question: "What did I know, what did I know / of love's austere and lonely offices?" (Rampersad and Herbold 261). It is the admission of the son that he had long remained ignorant of the true extent of his father's love as expressed in his sacrificial efforts to provide warmth to his family on winter mornings. In his expression of love his father's office is an "austere" and "lonely" one, and the poet builds up a striking image through the use of these adjectives. As a prelude to this image the poem builds up the description of his father's efforts on cold Sunday mornings. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Rampersad, Arnold and Hilary Herbold. The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press US, 2006.
Cite this Poem Review:
Father, Son and "Those Winter Sundays" (2010, August 29) Retrieved May 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/father-son-and-those-winter-sundays-129056/
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