the poem, the readers are able to witness the progression of the young, vulnerable boy to a wise, understanding man. This is evident in two parts of the poem. He begins as a person who is “fearing the chronic angers of the house” to develop a fear of the “lonely offices”. As he
reminisces on how he viewed his father’s work habits, he comes to realize the sacrifices made to have the house heated, and a roof over his head. Later at the time the poem is written, the speaker recognizes this love, in its grim form, and feels regret. Over the course of the poem, and a dissection of the text, the speaker gains some perspective on the role of his father. All of the techniques Robert Hayden used brought the poem together to give readers insight, and an experience people can relate to. For the reader, it sheds light onto our own relationships with your parents, as well as realizing how we do not appreciate or understand the entirety of situations. Thought and Understanding- 4 Supporting Evidence- 5 Form & Structure- 5 Matters of Choice- 5 I chose these marks for myself for thought and understanding because I feel I gave a lot of illuminating insight to the poem. For evidence, I gave good evidence that supported my thoughts regarding the poem. I followed form and structure properly, displaying point, proof and explain with each of my thoughts. Matters of choice I gave myself a 5 because I portrayed a confident voice when displaying my thoughts.
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