Running head: COMPARISON BETWEEN “THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS” AND
“FORGIVING MY FATHER”
Comparison Between Poems “Those Winter Sundays” and “Forgiving My Father”
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COMPARISON BETWEEN “THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS” AND “FORGIVING MY
Authors have a tendency of writing on subjects that affect them on a personal level or on
those subjects that they have a lot of knowledge about. Poets and authors use aspects of life like
family roles, life experiences and romances as a basis for their works. A father has great effect
on his child’s perception of love and life whether he acknowledges it or not. In this essay, the
poems “Forgiving My Father” by Lucille Clifton and “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert
Hayden are discussed.
The two poems exhibit various differences and similarities. One of the similarities is that
both poems feature the role of a father which is an important family role. They portray poor
relationship between the narrator and his father in that the narrator of “Those Winter Sundays”
poem did not appreciate his father’s efforts of warming their house during winter. Similarly, the
narrator of “Forgiving My Father” poem resented his father as she blamed him of their poverty
status and even insulted him with names like “old liar”, “old dead man”, “old prisoner” and “old
Both poems h...
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