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Poems About Fathers Paul D. Raymond, Jr. Submission CFA May 22, 2018 Page 1I’ve never spent much time reading poetry. In fact, outside of high-school, this might be the first time I’ve really thought about poetry. Those Winter Sundaysby Robert Hayden, My Father’s Hatby Mark Irwin and My Papa’s Waltzby Theodore Roethke all acknowledge their father with love, thanks and emotion. In part due to my love of my father and grandfather, I’ve come to appreciate that reading poems and how they are interpreted can be significantly influenced by the mood, imagery, similes and metaphors. Those Winter Sundays, is a poem about a son or daughter reflecting on their father on a cold winter Sunday morning where the child stays in bed until the house is warm. The choice of words indicates that speaker has come to appreciate his father and perhaps with some regret. “No one ever thanked him” (5) gives a mood of gratefulness and thanks shared with some heartache. I picture myself in the shoes of the child watching his father waking early on the Sunday to warm the house. As children, we aren’t as thankful as we should be and don’t convey that thanks often enough. This poem makes me think the