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Analysis of Those Winter Sundays The poem Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden is my favorite poem It is full of deep affections not only in its words but also in the visual structure of the stanzas In this particular poem Hayden recounts that in winter Sunday mornings his father always gets up in the cold and builds a fire for him the child so that he could get out of bed into a warm house However he failed to appreciate his fathers love This brief and lovely poem captures the sense of poignancy inherent love in the father-son relationship The poet is the obvious speaker who is a man recalled getting alone with his father when he was a child Hayden wrote this poem in 1962 when he was middle age To understand Hayden why he wants to write this poem we must look back the childhood of Hayden Hayden was born in a destitute area of Detroit in 1913 He had an emotionally tumultuous childhood Because his parents separated before he was born he was raised by neighbors As he grew up in a foster family he and his foster father have a generation gap He does not realize how much his father loved him until he is an adult In the first stanza Hayden uses vivid language to show that his father woke up before everyone else to light the fire Sundays too my father got up early And put his clothes on in the blueblack cold then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze No one ever thanked him Sunday
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