Ikaika San Nicolas1Professor SilvaHUM 142 – Essay 305/13/2018American Writer: Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays”In the current overview, there will be an identity of who Robert Hayden really was, his impact on the American writers, and the analysis of one of his works called, “Those Winter Sundays” while identifying how the theme is developed with the use of one or more of the literary studies; tone, speaker, and dictation.Who is R.H?Robert Hayden is known for his first book of poems, “The Heart Shape in the Dust” which was published in 1940, when he was twenty-seven years old. Hayden enrolled himself intothe graduate English literature program University of Michigan and under the guidance of English Literature mentor, W.H. Auden. Auden was Hayden’s infamous, influential critical guide for most, if not, all of Hayden’s writing.After Hayden graduated in 1944, he stayed an additional 2 years to become a teaching fellow. He was acknowledged to as the first black member of the English department. Hayden’s work continued producing many more poems and ballads and attained international recognition in the 1960s. In 1975, Robert Hayden received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and in 1976, he became the first black American to be appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (later called the poet laureate).He died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on February 25, 1980. Many other literature critics and followers had a trajectory of Hayden’s career, not as a black man but as an American Writer. He would not relinquish his title as an American writer for a narrower identity as Experienced Black American” (Semple, 2018).
San Nicolas 2One of his most reviewed and analyzed works would be “Those Winter Sundays” because of his alternative writing of unconditional love and remembrance of childhood memories.
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