Famous Family Poem

"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden is a poignant exploration of the emotional complexities within a father-child relationship. Through the use of evocative imagery, the poem reveals the speaker's retrospective understanding of the sacrifices made by his father out of love. The stark contrast between the cold mornings and the warmth created by the father's efforts underscores the theme of unspoken love and the son's regret for not appreciating it earlier. This poem delves into the universal theme of the struggle to fully comprehend love's selfless acts and the profound impact they have on one's life.

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Those Winter Sundays


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.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?


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