Analyzing Hayden's Poem 'Those Winter Sundays'

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Hayden’s poem “Those Winter Sundays” is about a man lacking appreciation for the hard work and dedication that he does on a day to day basis for his job, but his child loves and appreciates him for all of the hard work that he does. The poem was from a child’s point of view and the theme of Those Winter Sundays is created through the stream of consciousness, conflicts, symbolism, and a flat/ static relationship of the poem. The father rises early on Sundays after a dense week of work, it seems as though no one appreciates him. Considering that the father work all the time the father might not show that he cares because he is not emotionally intact. However, getting up early to attend work shows that he cares because he is doing what he has to do to take care of the house. “Sundays to my father got up early. No one ever thanked him” (line1 & 5). This line represents a loving child who watches their father despises on getting up every Sunday to go to work and never receives a thank you for all of the hard work that he has done. …show more content…
It was so colds in the winter that while getting dressed the father was turning blue. There is numbness from frost bites, which turns the father toes black if they are freezing cold. In the winter there are also no colors, no flowers blooming or rarely any nature. It’s just literally blue and black; black from the streets Ice cold water that has frozen over the winter

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