Those Winter Sundays Figurative Language

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Parents’ love for their children is like the roots of the trees, firm and deep. However, children usually take this deep, self-sacrificing love for granted before they understand the selfless love from their parents and the hardness of their lives. Robert Hayden addresses this idea of a youth’s regret for not understanding his father’s behavior was an expression of love in his poem, “ Those Winter Sundays.” The poem depicts an image of a hardworking but undemonstrative father performing trivial routines to take care of his son and family morning after morning, but the son never takes the time to thank his father for his concern. In Robert Hayden’s poem, “Those Winter Sundays”, he creates a touching but regretful story of the relationship between…show more content…
Reading and Writing about Literature, defines personification as “ a figure of speech in which something nonhuman is treated as if it had human characteristics or performed human action” (195). In “Those Winter Sundays”, the author writes, “ fearing the chronic angers of that house” (line 9). Because the house cannot have temper to get angry, obviously, here the poet uses this interesting literature device to give the readers a more vivid image of the things happening in the family. The readers can clearly see that in the poem, the speaker assigns the blame to “the house” instead of his father. Hayden does not give an explicit explanation about where this source of anger comes from. Although the readers are not sure of the source of the anger that was taking place in this household, it is clear that unhappy familial interaction is commonplace in this house. Maybe the son was dissatisfied with his father too busy about work to spend some time with him, or maybe his parents got divorce. But the thing the readers can be sure of is that the son feels the house is inhospitable and is dissatisfied with his hardworking

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