Poetry 1 Assignment.docx - Braime 1 Abby Braime Professor Baker ENGL M01B 28 January 2019 Poetry I Assignment Fathers sacrifice a great deal for their

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Braime 1 Abby Braime Professor Baker ENGL M01B 28 January 2019 Poetry I Assignment Fathers sacrifice a great deal for their children even if they get nothing in return. A father is so selfless that he would always make sure that his child is warm during the winter and has nice polished shoes. In the poem Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden, the father is displaying the same behavior. He works all week so he can afford to keep his house warm, and his child’s belongings in place, expecting nothing in return. This poem introduces the life of a father and child and when that child became an adult, he or she reflects on their childhood and how they failed to notice their father’s obscure love. The title of the poem contains the word “those” and how the speaker is talking in a past tense. At the beginning of the poem the speaker introduces the father. It is apparent that the speaker does not call the father “Dad, Papa, or Daddy,” giving off a first impression that they do not, or never had, a good relationship. The speaker then explains getting up in the morning, and how slow and hesitant he or she would take to get ready. As the poem comes to an end, there is a better understanding as to who the speaker is. In the last stanza the speaker expresses how his or her father “had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes,” reflecting in the past tense. The speaker realizes, “What did I know, what did I know,” leading the audience to interpret that the
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