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Those Winter Sundays

Those Winter Sundays

by Robert Hayden

Those Winter Sundays Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Funky Sonnet“Those Winter Sundays” fills the most basic qualification for a sonnet: it has fourteen lines. Other than that, it’s not very sonnet-ish. The poem doesn’t rhyme and it’s not w...

Speaker

Our speaker in “Those Winter Sundays” is an adult who looks back on his childhood relationship with his father. In some ways, it’s almost like our speaker is split in two; he’s both the chi...

Setting

The speaker of “Those Winter Sundays” speaks to us from the present, but tells us about his childhood, which was cold. Cold, cold, cold. Based on the speaker’s description, we imagine him and...

Sound Check

Even though “Those Winter Sundays” doesn’t rhyme or have a regular meter, it is still a really sound-y poem. (That's really just our way of saying that it sounds cool.) There’s a whole bunc...

What's Up With the Title?

As far as titles go, “Those Winter Sundays” feels a bit old and worn to us. It’s like the speaker is looking back on those dark, chilly Sundays, many moons ago, when he was just a sad wee lad...

Calling Card

Universal ExperiencesIt was really important to Robert Hayden that he not be judged, or even interpreted, through the lens of his skin color. He didn’t want to be known as an African-American poe...

Tough-o-Meter

“Those Winter Sundays” isn’t too thorny as long as you have a dictionary (or your good pals at Shmoop) handy for those multi-meaning'd words. But don’t let the poem’s short length fool yo...

Trivia

Hayden says that “Those Winter Sundays” is based on his childhood in Detroit (source), which makes sense because Detroit is freezing. Seriously, the record low for December is -21 degrees. Brrr...

Steaminess Rating

“Those Winter Sundays” is about as un-sexy as poems get.
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