“Those Winter Sundays” and “Paper Matches” are poems that came together to form the same qualities. However the two individual poems expresses it, in its own contrasting ways. Both “Those Winter Sundays” and “Paper Matches” intertwine metaphors into its work and the aspect of the under-appreciation of one party toward another. The poem “Those Winter Sundays” is of a grown adult looking back into his childhood. He remembers an event that led him to realize that he had not treated his father with as much love and appreciation that the father had deserved. Within the poem, it hints that the father gets up early quite often throughout the week, even that of Sunday morning; where one would usually take advantage of that day to rest. The father lights the fires to warm up the home, even though he was tired due to the intense week of labor. However, no one, even the speaker ever thanked the father. The poem continues and the speaker gets out of bed once the house is cozy and the father is calling. The speaker was afraid as the house was filled with “chronic angers” (Hayden 9). The speaker then talks to the dad without any enthusiasm, despite the fact that the father warmed the house and polished the speaker’s shoes. Now older, the speaker’s actions were due to the fact that the speaker did not know of love back then. The speaker did not understand that the father’s behavior was truthfully his expression of love. Although, now looking back, the speaker understands.
The poem “Paper Matches” is of the nature of the enforced gender roles. In the beginning, the aunts stood washing the dishes as the uncles played with the garden hose in the lawn. The speaker then states “Why are we in here…and they are out there” (Jiles 3). The aunt replies, stating that “That’s the way it is” (Jiles 5). Later on it is implied that the speaker is hot-headed for equality and how they are resembled to “…Paper matches” (Jiles 11). In