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Parenting is intended to guide children toward an independent adulthood Morals and lessons are developed through discipline imitation and learned respect for oneself and society Some parents show love and affection whereas others shape their children with respect and stern discipline In the poems Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden and My Papas Waltz by Theodore Roethke a relationship between a father and son are portrayed as both authors reflect on their own childhood experiences While the two poems have similarities in that the fathers work hard and believe in stern punishment they also have several contrasting ideas in parenting that separate their respective roles as fathers In both poems the fathers have worked hard to provide for their family In My Papas Waltz the fathers daily labors were described with defined imagery With a palm caked Hard by dirt 14 Hayden describes his fathers hands of labor as cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday 3-4 In both occasions the fathers have a physically demanding work that shapes their demeanor The sons on both occasions were reared in a time when strict parenting and stern punishment were accepted Roethke recalls The hand that held my wrist Was battered on one knuckle 9-10 This indicates that his father had great hold on his sons actions and that if severe punishment is needed it may involve physical repercussions In Those Winter Sundays the forceful nature of rearing the son is also shown Hayden describes the anguish by fearing the chronic angers of that house 9 His father as well may have been demanding and have strict rules which children were thought to abide by While the fathers seem to have hard mannerisms their level of interactions with their sons varies significantly This represents their different approaches to fatherhood In Those Winter Sundays the father does small deeds that show his love for his family As the boy recalls Id wake
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