He now understands that the most genuine and sincere acts of love are often

He now understands that the most genuine and sincere

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impact. He now understands that the most genuine and sincere acts of love are often performed as thankless tasks that people do without recognition. The poems final line answers the question “what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices?” This is an intricate view of parental love. Through his use of the word “offices” he now understands that love is not all about hugs and kisses and makes it clear that love can be presented as duties, responsibilities, and obligations. Although this is a sonnet about love Hayden withholds using the word love until the very last line of the poem, which makes the whole poem an act of reflection. In conclusion, those “Winter Sundays displays both direct and indirect acts of an unspoken love. The author talks directly about his father’s actions indirectly through reminiscing. The poem presents a conflict that is still very much apparent in today’s society. Children tend to take things for granted, sometimes because like Hayden they just don’t understand or maybe because of a lack of communication. This poem exposes how a lack of communication can cause the most valuable parts of life to be obscured which can cause a lifetime of pain and regret.
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