This is a very novel experience for me to read poems in English and understand the author's emotion through his poems.
In the poem " Those Winter Sundays, " we can see a father loves his son very much and takes good care of him, doing everything for him. Even in winter, the author's father still gets up early and makes banked fires blaze to make the house warm, and then he calls his son wake up. Whether his cracked hands are ached, he still makes a fire to drive the cold out and polish the good shoes for his son before his son gets up. Maybe the father never speaks out "I love you" to the author, but he really shows his love by action.
According to the line "Speaking indifferently to him," we can know the relationship between the author and his father is not very close. Actually, we can say that their relationship is aloof and cold, just like the weather in winter and the blueblack cold. And when his father calls him, he usually rises and dresses slowly because he fears the frigid atmosphere in their house. Don't know how to get deal with his father. There must be a large distance between them.
The line "No one ever thanked him," I guess that when the author was a little child, he never thanks his father for what he do for him. He takes everything for granted. But in the last second line he said "What did I know, what did I know¡H" It seems that the author has become an adult when he wrote the poem, and he recalls his memory about his childhood and what his father did for him, understanding his father's love. Maybe he feels very sorry and regretful to his father for he treated him coldly before. Maybe his father has passed away when he is old enough to understand his father's love and wants to feed back, so he is certainly repentant and helpless. And he learned that love is to give without requiring return from his father.
After reading "Those Winter Sundays," I feel a little sad for the author has no chance to show his love and say "Thanks" to his father. It really reminds us to say "Thank you " and feed them back when we still have the chance. And don't be afraid of say "I love you!" to our parents and family. And try to grasp the chance to share our emotion, our feeling, happiness, sorrow or anything happened in our daily life. It is a very great thing that we have dear family who we really can trust to talk with. Don't keep distance with them. Don't just be regret until we have no more chance as the author does.
In this poem, the author just mentioned his father. There is nothing about his mother. Dose it means that he has no mother and there are only two people, he and his father, in the family?