Compare " My Fathers Waltz" And " Those Winter Sundays"

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Love Found Within Both poems are about a man's memories of his boyhood relationship with his Father. However, the experiences are very different. In " Those Winter Sundays" the father son relationship is carried by both father and son's in ability to communicate their love for each other. The total opposite is found in " My Papa's Waltz," the love and communication is all present. With or without the communications it is clear, that the fathers love for his son and family is unconditional.

"Those Winter Sundays" is a short poem packed with meaning. For example, the it uses one event to explain a fathers whole relationship with his son. We find out from the first line that his father is a the central figure of the poem. Throughout the poem the father is depliced as a hard working man, " cracked hands that ached / from labor in the weekday weather."

This part of the poem serves as a symbol for all the pain and discomfort the father is willing to go through for his family. The speaker tells us that when he was a child, he did not recognize the efforts and the sacrifices his father made.

The line " No one ever thanked him, " reveals the other in the family were as unappreciative as he was.

An auditory image is introduced in the second stanza, " I'd wake up and hear the cold splintering, breaking." I interpreted this as the boy hearing the fire that his father man, crackling. The cold "splintering" and "breaking" showed him that his father was powerful, he could "break" the cold out of the house. The warm house on those winter Sundays symbolized the love the father had for his family.

It is interesting that this poem has been...