Those Winter Sundays Comparison

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Configurations of Love Love is without a doubt the most powerful emotion. It can build a person up, or tear a person down quicker than any other. It is that dynamic aspect that makes it so compelling. Love can also be conveyed in the most exclusive ways, creating unique forms of the same emotion. The so said protective love of the husband in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, varies greatly from the torn apart love of the couple in “A valediction: Forbidden Mourning”, by John Donne. Both of these articulations of the same emotion differ from the love of a parent to their child as in “Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden. “The Yellow Wallpaper” follows the story of an unnamed narrator and her husband John. The narrator…show more content…
All of the other forms described merge into one intensified version. This love is protective, and powerful, and passionate all in one. This is depicted in “Those Winter Sundays”, by Robert Hayden. “Those Winter Sundays” is actually a fairly short poem. Nevertheless in a few short lines Robert Hayden conveys a tremendous amount. The poem discusses the hard work of a father. The narrator is reflecting on their childhood, noticing everything the father did, and the lack of gratitude he received for it: “Then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him”. This is a father that worked strenuous manual labor all week long, enough to callous a grown mans’ hands, but still did not utilize a weekend to sleep. It was more important to this selfless man to guarantee that his children and family woke to a warm house: “Speaking indifferently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well.” It would require such an immense love to endure such a heavy work load, and still wake up early to guarantee simple things such as a warm house or polished shoes. Not one other relationship could last abiding such

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