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Those Winter Sundays

Those Winter Sundays


by Robert Hayden

Those Winter Sundays Questions

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  1. What is the relationship between the poem’s sonnet form and its content?
  2. Was the speaker an especially clueless and unappreciative kid? Or are all children a little bit blind to their parents’ life experiences?
  3. Does the father’s point of view appear anywhere in the poem? Do we ever know what he is thinking or feeling?
  4. Why is so much of the poem about coldness and warmth? How do these things affect the poem’s meaning?
  5. Do you think that the speaker was ever able to tell his father what he’s learned about love? Why or why not?
  6. In what sense do you think the word "offices" is being used in that last line?

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