Those Winter Sundays

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Garrett A. Gooch Gooch 1 Ms. Sara E. Lamers
Communication 1103
17November2005
An Analysis Abuse is a difficult and sensitive subject that can have long lasting effects. These traumatic emotional effects are often intensified if the abuse happens at a young age because children do not understand why the abuse is happening or how to deal with it. Even more, poets and writers all over the world contribute works that express the saddening events and force the public to realize it is much more real than the informative articles we read about. One such poem is Robert Hayden's Those Winter Sundays which is a poem from the perspective of a young adult reflecting back on the childhood relationship with his father and the abuse his father inflicted. Another such poem is Theodore Roethke's" My Papa's Waltz" which looks carefully through the eyes of a young boy into the actions, of an abusive father. These poems are important because they deal with the complex issues surrounding the subject of abuse and also show the different ways which children react to it. "Those Winter Sundays" and "My Papa's Waltz" are similar poems because they use tone, imagery, sound and rhythm to create tension between the negative aspects of abuse and the boy's own love and understanding for their father. Hayden's and Roethke's poems use tone in the same way to show that both children ultimately love their father regardless of the abuse he commits. Hayden's poem starts with a young adult reflecting on his childhood and remembering how hard his father worked. He thinks back and his tone is of admiration and respect. This is apparent when the young man reflects: "Sundays too my father got up early"and "No one ever thanked him." (Hayden, 1-5) The young man is realizes how hard his father worked and how little recognition he got. This makes a certain...
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