After reading "Those Winter Sundays"
After reading "Those Winter Sundays"by Robert Hayden,
1. Why does the poem begin with the words "On Sundays too" (rather than say, "On Sundays?"). Can you find any evidence of sound devices? (i.e. alliteration, consonance, assonance etc.).
2. Discuss briefly the speaker's feelings and if they shift (even subtly) and change throughout the poem.
3. How do you interpret "What did I know, what did I know / of love's austere and lonely offices?"
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?