Those Winter Sundays Poem Analysis

Words: 692
Pages: 3

Certain times a person fails to recognize the hidden love expressed by a father, thus staying ungrateful and insouciant toward them. Some eventually grow to see the many sacrifices made, but others become filled with hatred. Feeling trapped or ashamed the narrators rely heavily on memories of their childhoods with their fathers. While “Those Winter Sundays” (Hayden 318) and “Daddy” (Plath 345-47) explore the theme of familial love by utilizing a melodic rhythm, they use dissimilar literary devices and figurative language to reveal different personas of the poets.
Readers often explore the idea or underlying meaning of a literary work through a theme, sometimes explicitly stated but the way a reader interprets it depends on their education
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As an unrhymed poem, the rhythm created using devices such as consonance, repetition, and alliteration. The inconsistency rhyme schemes in both poems seem to reflect the speaker’s turmoil and feelings they harbor for their fathers. The poetic meter Plath uses gives a slow, almost childlike melody. Throughout the poem, a soothing sound with a continuous use of the “oo” sound anchors Plath to a childlike tone. Words like “do,” “shoe,” “Achoo,” and “you” gain recognition with the continuation of the poem. The nursery rhyme cadence, create a sense of entrapment for Plath which later conflicts with the assertive stance she gives off. Meanwhile, “Those Winter Sundays” provides fourteen lines, filling the basic characteristics of Sonnet. Although, some examples of rhyme and near rhymes are shown, the lack of rhyme scheme makes it unqualifiable as Sonnet. The first line is presented as a trochaic pentameter rather than the standard iambic pentameter. In order to capture the harshness of his father’s life, Hayden uses grating consonant sounds of the words “cold,” “cracked,” and “ached” (Line 2 and 3). These words sound hard and in doing so Hayden presents the intensity of his pain. However, the “k” sound them becomes replaced with “o” sounds, like in the words “good,” “shoes,” “know” etc. these sounds evoke associations with love and