Interpretation of Poem “Those Winter Sundays” – Robert Hayden
Although at first, the poem does not seem to be a great tribute to his father, Hayden's admiration and love for his father become apparent as we look deeper.
At the end of the poem, the son contemplates his fathers motives and finds the true emotion behind the fathers actions.
He wants to prevent others from having the same issues with their own parents. It is vital to recognize when people put forth effort, express gratitude toward them, and accept others’ way of showing love. There are people few and far between who strive to provide for their family and friends. It is apparent that Hayden wants us to learn from his mistakes and listen to the advice he gives through the subtleties of “Those Winter Sundays.”
Hayden, Robert. "Essays on the Poetry (Under Discussion)" edited by Laurence Goldstein, Robert Chrisman, 2013, p. 74
Hayden, Robert. “Those Winter Sundays.” Making Literature Matter: An Anthology for Readersand Writers. Sixth Edition. edited by John Schilb and John Clifford. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2015. p. 263.