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Guilt is the central theme of the poem Those Winter SundaysUpon reading this emotionally steering poem it leaves the reader reminiscing of ones own childhood What did I know what did I know of loves austere and lonely officesThe poems ending echos a haunting feeling of guilt within the readers mind The question would be guilt of what Those Winter Sundays is a poem of a father that worked very hard to support his family and could not spend very much quality time with them This was conveyed from the following lineSundays too my father got up earlyHowever the poem exposes the love of this father The house was cold not only in temperature but in familychronic angers of that houseWhat was the reason for these angers Why did no one ever thank dad for restarting those banked fires warming the blueblack cold house Also dad polished shoes yet those in the house spoke indifferently to himAs a young boy like most kids the author did not see the whole picture What may appear to have been a stolid home environment was one of love This love was not one of a father frolicking with his child which most sons and daughters yearn for but of paternal devotion and dedication It makes one wonder if this poem was written shortly after the fathers death The author seems to regret not thanking his dad for what he had done The author also seems to be blaming himself for being a nave youngster and not appreciating the love his father could best express In an odd retrospect the poem seems to be a vessel the author uses to forgive not only his father but himselfWhat did I know what did I knowThe author was probably a father himself by the time he has written this poem He too has taken the father role and cannot spend much time with his family The author now realizes that
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