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The poems Digging by Seamus Heaney and Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden reflect on memories of their hard working fathers Both narrators look back upon their fathers with admiration and appreciation but a bit of nostalgia and regret Both speakers now men have a much better understanding of their fathers than when they were children While Heaney and Hayden feature speakers who has realized about the impact of their fathers have had on their lives and both admire and appreciate the explanation for their fatherly doings Heaney reflects on a straightforward and warm connection between him and his father both sharing how a family tradition is being passed down to the speaker himself While Hayden reflects on a memory of his own fathers doing and how much in regret he is about not showing enough gratitude to his father until he got older Although Heaney and Hayden reflect on their recollections of their childhood they outcomes of their realizations are expressed in dissimilar ways The topics of Digging and Those Winter Sundays are remarkably similar The context of the poems portrays a father and son relationship that is well valued by the speakers When Heaney remembers a memory of his father down and downdigging 2324 and Haydens father with cracked hands that ached from labor3 reveals that both of their fathers were hard working tough men that both speakers look up to Heaney shows his appreciation in their line when saying by god he could handle a spade 15 By saying that he could handle a spade he is referring to his fathers ability and strength of handling a tool that could not just be handled by anybody Same goes for Hayden when saying who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well 1213 Hayden starts to realize what he could not when he was younger that his fathers love was not just said but he spoke love through
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