Analysis of Robert Hayden’s Those Winter Sundays
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Where he had received his master’s degree at University of Michigan in 1941.While attending the University he had studied under W.H.Auden. Who would become a guide in the development of his writing. The poet gets most of his inspiration and motivation during his work, being that he was in foster care in his early ages. Growing up in a house hold environment in which his foster parents fought on a daily bases left an overwhelmings scar on the poet. “Those Winter Sundays” is a poem by Robert Hayden that discusses a complicated relationship between a father and a son.
At The beginning of the poem the authors states, “Sundays too my father got up early/clothes on in the blue-black cold, then with cracked hands that ached” (1-3). The word "too" is packed with meaning. Sunday is the day of rest. An Individual should be able to sleep later than on working days. For instance, when the speaker described the cracked hands that ached,” the reader visualizes an older man with dry, cracked hands. This can lead the reader to assume that the man is won out from his job, or possibly having arthritis can lead having dry and sore hands. the speaker observe that “from labor in the weekday weather/ banked fires blazed” (Line 4-5) the father works hard. In lines 4 through 5, the father’s efforts and sufferings are shown through his manual labor. Yet it is not enough to keep him from the necessary…
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