Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. This controversial statement alienated Hayden from some of his colleagues, friends and potential audience. What did I know, what did I know of love's austere and lonely offices? The full poem can be read Those Winter Sundays Analysis First Stanza Diving directly into a general recollection from his youth, the narrator begins the account of how hard the father worked to tend to his responsibilities, and there is plenty of evidence within the stanza to showcase the level of sacrifice and effort this work ethic required. Assuming that the speaker is a man looking back on his childhood, the child was lonely, and possibly even afraid of the father. This fourteen line poem goes beyond a deeper meaning than what the text reads. He then pursued a master's degree at Michigan. He was then named Robert Hayden taking his foster father's name.
So is the case with poverty as well. I suppose at that time he never realized what his father was doing. He served as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, the post now referred to as the U. He also addressed explicitly political themes, such as the Vietnam War. The speaker recalls the actions of a father who each Sunday rises early to dutifully make a fire and polish the good shoes for his son.
The first stanza consists of five lines followed by the second containing four lines and like the first stanza the last consists of five lines. Alliteration Alliteration refers to the repetition of the initial consonants' sound when placed close to each other. The only thing is, it takes years for this bond to be acknowledged by the child. He quit, got married, and his first volume was published in 1940, named Heart-Shape in the Dust. The father has his own cross to bear. His beliefs influenced much of his work, and he helped to publicize the little-known faith. This essay will explicate each poem, compare these explications, and compare the writers themselves.
. Finally, as critic Floyd Irmscher points out, nowhere does the poem mention a mother or a wife. Both father and son give the mutual care to each other. He should have treasured hid father's love for him when he was still with him. What did I know, what did I know. If we interpret this poem or regard the speaker as black, it's about the racial discrimination.
One of the most tested aspects is our relationship with our parents. It is simple in form but its elements work to support a theme that many can sympathize with and appreciate. Hayden remained with the Federal Writers' Project for two years. The past tense also ameliorates the discomfort I might feel as a reader encountering a poem about family dysfunction. The poem is straightforward enough and is only fourteen lines in length. Despite this limitation, father-son love was prospering, however in lonely offices. This leads to tension, resentment, anger, ignorance, and pain.
These clash and contrast with gentle sounding words such as father, weather, too, ever, him. Stanza 1 The poem begins by informing us that on Sundays too, his father would wake up at dawn, even in winters, when the skies were still tinged bluish-black and it was freezing cold outside. He is the only person in the house who understands his father well. I was in awe of the former poet laureate of Senegal and later America's first black poet laureate. The theme of the poem is sad, and lonely.
Auden, a poet and professor, became a major influence on Hayden's work, guiding him on issues of poetic form and technique. The whites or the masters did not allow son and father to be intimate. Through the mastery of these techniques, he creates a concise illustration of a multifaceted relationship, marked by sacrifice and suffering. Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden is a three-stanza work where the sections vary in length, though the theme remains from start to finish. Although it is only a 14-line poem, it packs remarkable power into each line. The clunky, simplistic phrasing helps characterize the father as a simple, country laborer. As a noticeably small child with poor vision, Hayden often found himself socially isolated.
He was short and nearsighted, because of which he didn't make many friends, and was not able to participate in sports like others his age did. Winters would have been cold and electricity scarce. In the poem it is clear that there is distance between them and little communication. The past tense gives the poem a tone of reminiscence and regret. The evocative sound patterns play just as great a role setting the harsh and reflective tone of the poem.
The end result is a poem that is encumbered with guilt. His father would only wake him up once the place was nice and warm, and with that the author would wake up, and get dressed at a leisurely pace. The reader now has a real sense of the mood between the two family members and can almost hear the conversation between the two in which the son is speaking indifferently to the father. We often find it hard to understand the reasoning behind the criticism and rebukes we face. It describes how the child would wake and wait for his father to call him. While the poem is short it clearly conveys the writer 's sense of regret in regards to his treatment of his father and just how much the father worked a thankless job raising him.
A working man should be able to sleep later than on working days. His backward look at his father is belatedly warm and appreciative. Finally, I think the poem could have been better if in the end of the story the poet could have added that the son went up to his father and thanked him for all the hard work his father had been doing. Winter, a time when everything normally fresh, beautiful and alive is dead and covered with snow, connotes both coldness and gloominess. This could mean one of two things. Is it also about the father who doesn't know how to speak of his love but can act it out. There is not enough information given to the reader to determine if the father is single or widowed.