1. Preface
  2. About the poet
  3. About the poem
  4. “Those winter Sundays” means..
    1. Literal meaning
    2. Symbolic meaning
  5. Language of poem
  6. Theme
  7. Structure and style
  8. Meter and rhythm
  9. Sound speaks
  10. Imagery
  11. World of words
  12. Title
  13. Time frame
  14. Who speaks..?
  • Preface: let’s begin..

Wordsworth beautifully praises poetry by saying, : “ Poetry is a spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions.” In these words, he has truly depicted the original nature and beauty of a poem. A poem is not merely jugglery…[more]

  • About the Poet :

Robert Hayden, an American poet, essayist and educator, is the poet of this poem. He was born on 4 August, 1913 in Detroit, Michigan in a family where his parents were departed before his birth. He was nurtured and taken in…[more]

  • About the Poem:

“Those Winter Sundays” is a poem of fatherly love, which is often hidden under the cover of harshness. It presents the remorseful words of a son who is lamenting for his past deeds, who never [more]

  • “Those Winter Sundays” means…

» Literal meaning:

If we look at the literal form of this poem or outer shell of the poem, we will find that in this poem, the speaker recalls his experiences of his childhood. He cites the incident of

» Symbolic Meaning:

In this poem, the character of father is like a fruit of coconut, harder and tougher outside but sweeter, softer and cool inside. This is the hidden or symbolic idea of this poem. By words, the speaker narrates the activities of his father on…[more]

  • Language :

Originally, this poem was written in English language. So there does not exist any chance to change its meaning and taste due to translation. Therefore, “Those Winter Sundays” analysis can be…[more]

  • Theme :

The whole story of poem mainly moves around the themes of hidden love, sacrifice for family and negligence.

» Hidden Love

During our young age, we often define the love by its expression, through words or hugs. But we fail to recognize the hidden love of our parents which is though not expressed

» Sacrifice for Family

Sacrifice is another characteristic of love. Even after spending whole week in hard work, the father of the speaker does not rest on Sundays. The words like ‘cracked hands that ached from

»  Negligence

During his childhood, the speaker is not able to realize the sacrifice that his father makes for him and the hidden love that his father expresses towards his family by rendering selfless…[more]

  • Structure and style:

“Those Winter Sundays” is a poem, which has fourteen lines. It fills the basic characteristic of Sonnet. Yet it is not a Sonnet because the poem does not rhyme and Hayman has not written this poem in regular iambic pentameter too. This poem shows a…[more]

  • Meter and Rhythm :

“Those Winter Sundays” seems to be poor in metrical pattern. Let’s look at the first and second lines, i.e

‘Sundays too my father got up early

And put his clothes on in the blueblack cold

We realize that there is no meter order in this line, whereas second line…[more]

  • Sound speaks :

This poem is excellent in sound effects, as it expresses its intensity of emotions through hard sounds of words. Words like cracked, ached, breaking and chronic speak the sound of K. These words sound hard in uttering and this way the poet presents the intensity of pain and…[more]

  • Imagery :

In “Those Winter Sundays”, Hayden has used the beauty of images using some figures of speech in it. He has very efficiently performed the task of putting proper diamond of words in a proper line to emphasize its actual effects. Let’s have a look on it…[more]

  • World of Words :

“Those Winter Sundays” creates beautiful rainbow of some attractive and sharper yet simple words. In this poem, the poet has used very simple language with some exceptional vocabulary. There are some words in this poem, which may lead us to open…[more]

  • Title:

“Those Winter Sundays” seem to be a title not so much attractive or captivating. Reading the title we may understand that the poem is perhaps talking about some past memories. It is also not about a particular day of Sunday. In title itself…[more]

  • Time frame:

In this poem, Hayden takes us on a journey from his past to his present. So here , we are not living in a particular time but we makes our trip from the ignorance of poet in his childhood to the realization and admiration of his father in…[more]

  • Who Speaks?

Hayden has not mentioned any particular man as the subject of this person. He has just explained his memories. We cannot infer the actual doer of this poem. We do not know that…[more]