A Father's Love In Those Winter Sundays By Robert Hayden

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Published in 1962, Robert Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays”, expresses an adult realizing how a father's love can be more than hugs & kisses and his regret for not showing more affection towards his father as a child. Love comes in many different ways, one is the unbreakable bond between a father and son. A love as such is discussed in this poem, it is the entire theme of the poem itself. The poem is formatted as a sonnet, it contains fourteen lines and does not rhyme. Not rhyming makes me, as a reader, feel more connected to the poem. The sonnet is an open form, it does follow the rule of a sonnet being fourteen lines, however it does not follow any rhyme patterns. It is composed of three stanzas not following any pattern or written in iambic pentameter. The poem does begin with 2 ten syllable lines, but if you continue to read it, you see that…show more content…
Yet, the second line follows iambic pentameter perfectly. Continuing to the next line, it does not follow iambic pentameter at all and is not 10 syllables. “Those Winter Sundays”, opens with the author recalling a memory of his fathers routine every Sunday.(1-2) “Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,” The word that stands out the most is “too”, this implies that his father not only rises early on Sundays but every other day as well. Sundays are the day where most families sleep in and take a day to rest. However, the author can easily recall his father still waking up early on Sundays to take care of his family's needs. Next, his usage of describing the cold as “blueblack” is such an impressive way of imagery, telling the reader exactly how cold it truly is that we can imagine
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