Janel BlackwellEnglish 102Ms. Wallig17 September 2019A Silent RegretA father’s unspoken and unappreciated love is the theme of “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden. At first glance the poem exposes a cold and distant relationship between a father and son that is never resolved. In taking a closer look, the poem reveals the regret a boy, who is now grown feels for not acknowledging the sacrifices his father made for his family and an unsaid love his dad expressed through his actions. This poem is a sonnet at the most basic level being that it is a fourteen- line poem that is in open form with no formal rhyme scheme. Most sonnets are about love, and this poem is no exception, only this love is a complicated one between and father and son. It consist of 3 stanzas that each evoke different emotions that contribute to the overall theme and feel of the poem. The opening stanza of the poem begins by describing a father waking up early in the prime of a Sunday morning in his freezing home to start his daily task of warming the house for his family.