Russell 1Mackenzie Russell English 2 Mary Lounsbury December 5th, 2017 A Father’s Love Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” is a brief poem recalling the cold, winter Sunday morning when his father would care for the family’s household needs. The poem communicates melancholy and regretful memories regarding the treatment towards his father in the poem. Upon inspection, “Those Winter Sundays” is a poem which reflects the life and regret of Robert Hayden. Therefore, Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” is a poem filled with memories and regret at the treatment towards his father. Robert Hayden was a 20th-century poet who was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 4th, 1913 and passed away in the year 1980. At the age of eighteen-months-old his mother gave him to her neighbors, William and Sue Ellen Hayden, to raise as their own. Hayden’s childhood was filled with troubles, in part due to living in a home filled with contention and also being bullied for his slight stature and poor eyesight. Unfortunately, as a grown man, due to the circumstances of his childhood, he suffered severe depression which he referred to as, “My dark nights of the soul.” However, being an outcast and also an intelligent individual the poor circumstances encouraged Hayden to seek solace from his troubled childhood in literature.
Russell 2Growing up in the ghetto Paradise Valley neighborhood, Hayden experienced and witnessed many dark things. This inspired many of his poems, for, “His poems record his youthful fascination with the street scene: gambling, prostitution, raucous music, and violence” (Rashid, 201). Through poetry, Hayden found solace and a means to express his emotions and observations regarding life. As time passed he began to appreciate the ability of literature to change one’s life and perspective. Consider how “As Hayden composed elegies about the blues in his past, he found sources of sadness and hope” (Rashid, 201). Hayden found influence in the written word to not only improve and heal himself but to change or influence others through writing. In this discovery, he