How can I compare and contrast the parents in "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden and "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes?

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Well, it is important to identify one crucial difference between these two poems. We know a lot more about the parent in "Mother to Son" because she is the one speaking, whereas in "Those Winter Sundays " we only see the father through the son's eyes. This is crucial, as we never hear the thoughts and perspective of the father, and only see his demonstration of "love's austere and lonely offices" through his self-sacrificial act of getting up first in the house on Sunday mornings and lighting the fire so that the house is warm for everybody else. Clearly, the speaker's father is a man who is willing to...

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