Poems about FathersBy Angeline LlamasThe following three poems are about father’s, Those Winter Sundays, by Robert Hayden, My Father’s Hats, by Mark Irwin and My Papa Waltz’s, by Theodore Roethke, are all written from the point of view from their son’s. All three poems are memories from the Author’s as young boys. Someone’s father can be a positive or negative influence in their child’s or children’s lives. I have fond memories of my father when I was growing up as a girl. Reading these poems, took me back to my own childhood memories and I felt the impact that the author’s own father’s had in their lives. My favorite of the three poems, is My Father’s Hats, by Mark Irwin. In this poem he describes a young boy’s curiosity, particularly of his father’s belongings, stored in a closet. Irwin describes that he could smell his father’s cologne, musky. The scent of musk on the inside of his father’s hat took him back to a memory of being in the forest, “I would smell his hair and almost think I was being held, or climbing a tree.” This imagery of scent, reminds me of my own father, the scent of his cologne is left on my clothes when he hugs me or my son’s hair is left with the cologne scent, after he gets up from being on his grandpa’s lap. This poem is different from the other two poems, I read for this assignment. It differs because the relationship the boy had with his father was a good one. Irwin recalls, “I would smell his hairand almost think I was being held, or climbing a tree, touching the yellow fruit,” when reading this, the image of a father and son walking in the forest, and the father picking up his son to reach for a piece of fruit, both of them smiling and happy on their nature walk.
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