Intro to Poetry--''Those Winter Sundays''.pptx - CONFERENCE#1(MANDATORY If you have not met with me for your conference your research paper is in great

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If you have not met with me for your conference, your research paper is in great danger because it requires weeks of advance planning. See me after class to set a time. Our second conference will happen when you have your first draft (in three weeks). I will send/post the link to set an appointment soon. CONFERENCE #1 (MANDATORY)
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Those Winter Sundays Robert Hayden
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Robert Hayden (1913-1980) (p. 212) Born August 4, 1913, as Asa Bundy Sheffey in Detroit, Michigan, and taken into a foster family Raised in a slum called Paradise Valley (Detroit’s ghetto) Attended Detroit City College Married Erma Morris in 1940 Known for poems that express the African-American experience In 1976, appointed consultant to the Library of Congress, becoming the first African-American poet to receive this honor In 1980, died of heart failure
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“Those Winter Sundays” (p. 213) Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I'd wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he'd call, and slowly I would rise and dress, fearing the chronic angers of that house, Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well. What did I know, what did I know
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The Speaker The son/daughter of the father Probably is his son (“ and polished my good shoes as well”) He is an adult now, looking back onto what his father had done for him in the past He realizes now how he wasted his childhood not recognizing the little things that his father did
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The Attitude of the Speaker Toward his Father A Subtle Love – building fires in the early morning that “drove out the cold” Fear – (“ fearing the chronic angers of that house”) – implies that his family fought a lot Regret – the boy didn’t understand the significance his father had until later in his life
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