Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Those Winter Sundays

"Those Winter Sundays" was printed in one of my reading anthologies when I was a kid -- perhaps seventh grade. What stands out in my mind was reading the lines about the "chronic angers of that house". I think I might have been a bit surprised that this sweet tribute was to an angry man. Parental anger did not evoke in me sentiment, and in this way I was a bit like the poem's narrator. I was old enough to grasp the poem intellectually, but not on an emotional level. To quote Hayden "What did I know of love' austere and lonely office?" Many of us, I believe, come to relate to the poem more deeply as we, and our parents, grow older.