467718187.edited.txt - The past tense carries the tone of the poem of remembrance sadness and regret As a grown-up reminiscing childhood experience the

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The past tense carries the tone of the poem of remembrance, sadness, and regret. As a grown-up reminiscing childhood experience, the speaker has the gratification of biased distance as well as the faint blur that oftentimes assembles around memories. It’s obvious that the speaker has grown and matured a lot since his adolescence years, and he can presently acknowledge his father’s work as a form of love. The past tense further enhances the discomfort about family dysfunction. Examples that explicate the severity and harshness is "slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house" (lines 8-9). Another example is "love’s austere and lonely offices." this shows as children we don't truly understand and appreciate why our parents do what they do even if it makes them unhappy it's for the people we love. The act of going out in the "blueblack cold" and then conquering it and calling his boy when it was "warm" is symbolic of their lives in the real world. The poem is in open form with no rhyme scheme. It consists of four sentences broken up into three stanzas. In all its simplicity it could almost be mistaken for prose. Each stanza contributes to evoke different emotions and builds to support the underlying theme. "Sundays too my father got up early" (1). Significantly, Hayden uses the word "father" instead of Daddy or Dad, "father" implying a more formal, less loving expression. This word choice reflects the coldness of their
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