know…” is heart breaking, it’s almost as if there’s a heartbreak within the speaker’s voice as he expresses himself—Harry says “The poem’s ending becomes more direct and explicit—with the
rhetorical question, in the speaker’s expression of ignorance and regret”. While growing up, the speaker was unaware of his father’s love due to the chronic anger in the house, however as he’s grown and gain more knowledge, he has become conscious of it. Peck specifies that the speaker, “reveals the pain this memory holds for him: “What did I know, what did I know….”. Hayden does not give any information’s regarding the speaker’s father being dead, but the way he words this poem makes it seem as though the father has passed away. In conclusion, the speaker deals with being lonely. Most of his lifetime, he was fearful of the chronic anger in his house, which made him treat his father indifferently. However, as he’s now grown, he realizes his father love. Also, as the poem comes to conclusion, Peck states “Family love demands “austere and lonely offices” (austere denoting ascetic self-denial), for a family member’s actions may never earn any kind of acknowledgment…family love also carries a spiritual and transcendent”. Even though the speaker’s father may not be with him, he now appreciates all the things his father did for him.
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