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The Winter Sundays

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“The Winter Sundays” is a poem we have recently read in class. I understood many concepts from reading this piece. We also held many class discussions on it to help better out understands and hear other point of views on the poem. The poem is about a boy who lived his life poorly and is now about thirty years older and looking back. Robert Hayden grew up in Texas, around the 1960's. Robert is reiterating to the reader how his life was when he was a young kid. The life style he had was of a poor families life. He wished he could have the things the surrounding children had around him, and usually questioned why he didn’t.
The speakers father had a great role in why the family had the kind of life style they did. it was not done purposely but he could not do much. Roberts father worked hard and came across many hardships. He nonstop worked, and didn’t have much time for much else. He wasn’t around enough to enjoy the bringing up of his own children. With some families today it is still the same way. Some families are not as fortunate as others and have to like a life even under the middle class. There is nothing wrong with that kind of life style. There are many ways people can get out of living like that. Main example, and this was talking about in class, is education. Not too many people realize how important education is. Robert didn’t realize how hard his father had to work just to keep everyone alive and in check. As a young, naive, misunderstanding child it is hard to grasp why someone has to live the way they do. The father had to sacrifice many good times for work. Leisure time with the family usually is a must amongst families. Some parents can’t afford to give that to their loved ones, due to hard work. Having to work hard can be a result of many things. The father might not have been well educated, could not be given a better job due to ethnicity, etc. Roberts father has endu...

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