Poetry Analysis Essay.docx - 1 Fernandez Danielle Fernandez Prof Grant ENGL 102-019 16 April 2019 It Must Have Been Love Thesis In \u201cThose Winter

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1 Fernandez Danielle Fernandez Prof. Grant ENGL 102-019 16 April 2019 It Must Have Been Love Thesis: In “Those Winter Sundays,” Robert Hayden implements the literary elements of reflective and regretful tone into the poem to support his central theme about a child reflecting back on their life and realizing that they took their father’s love for granted. I. Hayden uses the literary device of reflective tone to give the readers the insight of a child looking back on their life and remembering all of the things their father did. a. Throughout the whole poem, the speaker is reminiscing on their childhood. This is made obvious by Hayden using the past tense throughout the poem. b. Hayden describes a typical Sunday morning in the speaker’s house, explaining that even on the weekend when the father is not working, he still gets up early. “Sundays too my father got up early” (Hayden 1). II. Hayden also uses the literary device of regretful tone to express the shamefulness and regret that the speaker feels throughout the poem, for how they treated their father when they were a child. a. The speaker is looking back at their childhood and making note of them never thanking their father for the things he did around the house, “No one ever thanked him” (Hayden 5). The speaker was not grateful for what the father did for the house on the father’s days off.
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2 Fernandez b. At the end of the poem, the speaker realizes that love is lonely and harsh. “What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?” (Hayden 14).
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