Surname 1Student’s NameInstructor’s NameClass NumberDateAnalysis and Explication of “Those Winter Sundays”“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden is a work of poetry in which the author reminisces the times in his childhood and the sacrifices his father use to make for him. Sacrifices that he did not notice back then while a kid. Hayden now as an adult looks at those times with a more analytical view and notices that the sacrifices, the little small acts of affection that his father did while a kid was a sign of immense love towards him. He gains a better understanding of his father. Through his work, Hayden emphasizes on the complicated family relationship between parents and children caused by lack of understanding and naivety of the children. The poem is a three-stanza or fourteen-line. It is in free verse. The first line of the poem introduces an unnamed speaker and his father: “Sundays too my father got up early / and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold” (1. 1-2). The narrator’s father rises up in the wee hours of the morning on a Sunday, a day that is most commonly known for rest. The father wakes up before dawn as described by the word blueblack. The poet here uses imagery by describing the weather as blueblack to enhance the feeling of cold and adverse weather conditions in their place of residence. It is a cold morning, but he still wakes up. This portrays a hardworking man, one that despite harsh conditions he still is determined to make ends meet.
Surname 2The third, fourth and fifth lines explain more into what the father undergoes to make a living: “then with cracked hands that ached / from labor in the weekday weather made / banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him” (1. 3-5). The poet talks about the father’s hands that are cracked and achy. The cracked hands tell of the hard work that the father input. It shows that the type of work performed by the father is manual labour. A hard way to make a living. This is