A Critical Appreciation of

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"Those Winter Sundays," is a poem about a son remembering his father. The poem seems to be a lament of the fact that the son, at the time could not perceive his father's expressions of love. The father is a hard worker who worked everyday even on Sundays. It is clear that there was distance and between the son and his father. It is discovered though, that love actually was present. The depth of the father's love is expressed in the fact that despite his hard work six days a week, despite his "aching hands"; he wakes up early on cold Sundays to warm the house. He never calls anyone to come down until the rooms are already warm. In addition to this, he polishes his own son's shoes. Hayden is upset at himself for not being more appreciative for his father, and all the sacrifices he has made. It is possible, that the poet has come to understand this childhood experience by eventually finding himself in the role of the father. The action takes place in winter. Obviously, the family is poor, since the father cannot take time off from work to permit his "cracked" hand to heal. On one hand, the father is Continue...


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Thus, the poet is a dynamic character, since he has a feeling of remorse. Its use is to hold the stanza together. Line fourteen then reveals what the poet was ignorant about, and what he has discovered after he became a grown-up. There is a caesura contrasting the two ideas before both "No one ever thanked him" and" he'd call". And, if one took a deep look at the reason of their anger, one will clearly know that it is for our own good. The elements of self-sacrifice are clear as the father disregards his own "aching" hands, wakes up "early" even in cold weather, warms the house, polishes his son's shoes, and afterwards calls them. It reveals a certain fact that is not known to most people. Hayden also uses alliteration in "weekday weather" and "banked fire blaze" to add to the smoothness of the lines and their sound. This fact is that love is not only expressed in words, but in actions as well. It is not until the speaker has grown older that he realizes that love is often expressed silently and indirectly. This line is expressed in a rhetorical question to stress the idea of remorse. He also personifies the cold as person who is driven out. However, he can not express his love openly. It seems that he doubted his father's love, or it could be as a child, he assumed love had to be expressed in a certain, more obvious way.

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