the poem


Poster¡G Phoebe Lee at 15:43:9 1/15/98 from proxy.secc.fju.edu.tw
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Those Winter Sunday 
This poem describes the relationship between an austere father and his son, the speaker. I think that no matter in the east or the west, " father " is usually the symbol of power, command and authoritativeness. Fathers tend to be stricter than mothers, even they love their children as much as mothers do. So most children are afraid of their fathers. Because of fears of their fathers, children seldom realize that their fathers are concerned about them. The poem is a very good example. The austere father did everything trivial for the speaker, such as making up the fire and punishing the speaker's shoes. But because the father was severe, ( I image that maybe the father always has a " poker-face " with him) and did not know how to show his emotions in other ways, the speaker had not known about what his father really was under the " poker face " for a period of time. 
I think that the speaker of this poem must be a man. The evidence is the last two lines. It said " What did I know ". It is the past tense. The speaker wanted to show that it was before that he did not know about his father's austere love, and how he knows. I don't think that a mere boy can understand the true meanings of parents' love. There is a Chinese proverb goes ¾i¨à¤èª¾¤÷¥À®¦ . People have to be frustrated so that they can grow up and become mature. A boy is still under the protection of his parents. It is a little bit difficult for him to have the realization of parents' love, not mention the " austere love ". On the other hand, the repeatation of " What did I know " seemed to be a stress on his regret. It seemed to express that why didn't I know about Father's love? Why didn't I do something to feed back? I guess that if his father has been dead? So the speaker was so regretful? He had the opportunity to feed back no more. 
At first, I really did not understand what are "the chronic angers of that house".