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Those Winter Sundays

“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden recalls a missed opportunity along with bone-chilling cold on a Sunday morning. The narrator is first person; however, the reader does not know the name or...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2013 9:19 pm UTC

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The poem “Those Winter Sundays,” by Robert Hayden (whose name at birth was Asa Bundy Sheffey) explores a number of different themes. Two of the most obvious are love and ingratitude. Love is a...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011 2:37 pm UTC

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A metaphor is a direct comparison between two unlike things for effect. Connotation is the meaning suggested by text, in contrast to denotation, which is its immediate or literal meaning. The...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2019 10:39 pm UTC

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Tactile images are combined with visual or auditory images in order to represent the extreme temperatures and mimic the "coldness" with which the speaker, when he was a child, treated his father....

Latest answer posted March 12, 2020 5:48 pm UTC

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Linda-allen has given a wonderful example of devices in this poem that I would like to expand upon. Specifically, I would like to call your attention again to the vivid imagery of "Those Winter...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015 11:32 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden's poem is written as a soliloquy by an adult son who recalls his stern and taciturn, but loving father, a father whose love he has failed to recognize as a boy, partly because of his...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2013 7:12 pm UTC

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This poem is written by an adult speaker looking back on how he thought of his father when he was a child and then comparing that to the understanding and wisdom that age has given him now. The...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 2:08 pm UTC

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Those Winter Sundays is a wonderful poem by Robert Hayden, one of the most influential Harlem Renaissance poets. Next to Langston Hughes, Hayden may be the best-known poet of the Harlem...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2008 2:26 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 6:31 am UTC

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This poem is written from a first person objective point of view. This means that the speaker is a participant in the action and that he uses the first person pronoun "I." The "objective" part...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2017 5:47 pm UTC

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Evidently the relationship between the speaker of the poem and his father was somewhat troubled when the speaker was a child. The speaker tells us that "No one ever thanked" his father, and even...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 2:39 pm UTC

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You’re right about Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” not appearing to conform to the conventions of the typical sonnet. The Petrarchan sonnet is composed of an octave (eight lines) and a...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2015 11:54 pm UTC

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There are a few important clues about the poet's attitude that appear both in the poem and from the very start in the title. The title itself suggests a look backwards, foreshadowing the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012 11:59 pm UTC

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We do not know that the speaker in "Those Winter Sundays" is a boy.

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 8:44 pm UTC

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“Those Winter Sundays” (by Robert Hayden; original name: Asa Bundy Sheffey) and “My Papa’s Waltz (by Theodore Roethke) are two of the most famous American poems dealing with relations between...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2011 11:07 am UTC

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I like the way your question clearly points towards an understanding of how the speaker is looking back on his childhood from the vantage point of reaching mature adulthood. Thus it is that the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 7:50 pm UTC

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The dominant theme in "Those Winter Sundays" is the speaker's love for his father, mixed with a guilt for perhaps not expressing that love more fully. He, the speaker, reminisces about the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019 8:13 pm UTC

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The speaker is now an adult, looking back upon his childhood. He shares with the reader all that his father did for him and the rest of the family, getting up alone early in the "blueback cold"...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2009 11:29 am UTC

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"Those Winter Sundays" is a poem in which a speaker recollects his father's acts of service for his family when the speaker was a young boy. In these recollections, the speaker recalls the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020 11:19 am UTC

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When discussing the main ideas or points in poetry, one tends to name the themes defined in the poem as the main points. In regards to Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sunday," one theme (or main...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2013 6:13 pm UTC

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The structure of the poem and the way the speaker addresses the topic mirror the actual progression of feelings that the speaker has. As such it begins with the setting of the scene, the fact that...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2012 2:39 am UTC

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In the first stanza, the speaker seems to be an adult, thinking back on his childhood. He describes his father getting up early to warm the house before others awoke. The father did this alone, and...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2013 12:22 am UTC

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I would argue that the feelings between father and son were ruled by a contrast in what it means to love. As the previous educator mentions, the adult narrator is able to understand that the...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2017 9:57 am UTC

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I think the coldness in the house represents the somewhat "cold" relationship between the speaker, when he was a child, and his father. The speaker addresses the "chronic angers" of the house, as...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 2:06 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays” can evoke a number of emotions and beliefs. Thus, the first four lines of the poem can evoke feelings of cold and discomfort. These lines seem to...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 5:15 am UTC

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The answer to this question lies in the comparison between the speaker as he remembers himself thinking and acting as a child and then how he looks back on his childhood and his father's act of...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2012 2:27 pm UTC

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Both of these excellent poems narrate a particular kind of relationship between parents and their sons although both are very different in the way that this is presented. In the first person...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 6:20 am UTC

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In this poem, the narrator remembers his childhood and the way his father would get up early to build the fire that would warm the freezing cold house. The first stanza describes how his father...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021 1:02 am UTC

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In Robert Hayden's poem "Those Winter Sundays," Robert Hayden uses tactile and visual imagery to underscore the sacrifice the speaker's father makes in order to provide warmth and security for his...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 11:08 pm UTC

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Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” recognizes a father’s love for his family. The speaker of the poem is unnamed, so it may be the poet recalling the memory of his own father. However, there...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2013 5:02 am UTC

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Offices are duties or rites that are performed. They can be ordinary, mundane, and secular duties or sacred duties, such as those a priest carries out. The word "offices" carries the dual meaning,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020 11:52 am UTC

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In the poem "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden, the speaker feels guilty when he thinks of his youth because he now realizes that he was indifferent and ungrateful towards his father who...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2012 5:45 pm UTC

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In this poem, an adult reflects on his childhood relationship with his father, suggesting that he did not, then, understand how his father showed his love or that there are different ways of...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2020 12:30 pm UTC

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In this poem by Robert Hayden, the speaker describes how his father expressed his love for him by waking up early and, despite the fact that his hands were "cracked" and sore, banking fires so that...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2020 10:56 am UTC

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In "Those Winter Sundays," the poet, Robert Hayden, conveys his meaning to the reader using various devices. For example, he uses auditory images, such as the "the cold splintering, breaking." The...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 1:40 pm UTC

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In this poem, the speaker contrasts his childish memories and perceptions of his father with his adult consciousness of the sacrifices his father made for him. The repeated "What did I know, what...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 6:01 pm UTC

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The father in "Those Winter Sundays" does so much more for the son than simply "driv(e) out the cold." In stanza four, for example, the son, who narrates the poem, says that his father would polish...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 9:39 am UTC

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The poem contains fourteen lines, the same structure as a sonnet. However, Hayden does not adhere to the meter or rhyme scheme of either a Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnet. Moreover, sonnets are...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 12:43 am UTC

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This poem is narrated from the perspective of the father's son, who seems to be looking back, retrospectively, and reflecting upon their relationship. The son indicates that his father used to make...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 12:37 pm UTC

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One adjective that conveys a sense of how cold it is when the father gets up early on winter mornings to build the fires is blueblack. Hayden invents this word by hybridizing or putting together...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2021 10:51 am UTC

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It's a sad fact that, all too often, we don't appreciate our parents and everything they do for us. It's that attitude of unthinking ingratitude that forms the dominant theme of "Those Winter...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2018 11:26 am UTC

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The speaker's father was, evidently, an extremely hard-working man, as on "Sundays too," he woke up early so that he could build the fires that would warm his home up for his family. This was a...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 10:54 am UTC

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First, let's discuss rhythm. In stanzas 1 and 2, almost every line has 10 syllables, providing a steady rhythm. In the last stanza, the lines are shorter, mostly 8 syllables a piece. This gives a...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 7:05 am UTC

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In this poem, the speaker reminisces about the things his father did for him as a child which went largely unnoticed and which he didn't appreciate in those childhood days. His father rose early in...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 5:25 am UTC

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This excellent poem features an adult speaker lookign back upon his childhood and commenting on his father and their relationship with the benefit of hindsight. The poem begins with a description...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2011 7:52 pm UTC

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This is a beautiful poem. I would say that it depends upon where you live and the type of student you are teaching. I live in the South, so my students are unaware of the biting cold of the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 1:53 am UTC

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