Essay on Comparing Those Winter Sundays to My Papa's Waltz

1100 Words Mar 11th, 2007 5 Pages
Battered Memories: Child and Father Relationships In "Those Winter Sundays" and "My Papa's Waltz" "Sundays too my father got up early and / And put his clothes on in the blueback cold" comes from Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" and describes the life of the speaker who reminisces of the childhood experiences that were spent with the speaker's father (1-2). "At every step you missed / My right ear scraped a buckle" comes from Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz and also exemplifies a past relationship between a child and father (11-2). Despite the many similarities that exist between Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz" and Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" the tone, diction, and poetic devices that are used in each poem …show more content…
Reflecting on the fact that no one appreciated the strenuous efforts made by the speaker's father shows that the speaker does feel guilty and that the father truly is worth of giving thanks. However, this important revelation contrasts with that of Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays." The diction in Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays" places emphasis on the harsh conditions that the speaker's father endured in order to secure the family. The speaker's remembrance of how on "Sundays too [his] father got up early / And put his clothes on in the blueback cold" shows that his father is a person who is very dedicated to supporting the general welfare of his family even though his works are not appreciated (1-2). The speaker also remembers "Speaking indifferently to [his father] / Who had driven out the cold / And polished his good shoes as well" (10-3). This memory places further emphasis on the harsh conditions that his father endured while attempting to take care of his family. This is conveyed through the usage of the phrases ". . .driven out the cold" and the reference to the father polishing the speaker's good shoes as well (11). The descriptive words used to help explain the father's hard work is also strongly illustrated through the usage of poetic devices. Hayden's usage of poetic devices places emphasis on both

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