this three stanza poem is about this young man father care during his childhood he begins by describing the painful physical labor his father performed in the cold each morning.
Although he was not a warm man, the speakers father showed love daily through small, unappreciated acts. As he recalls his past,
The dominant images in the poem are of cold and heat. The speakerś childhood home is cold,and his relationship with his father seems stiff, yet each day his father sacrifices his own comfort to build a fire and warm the house. The fire and its warmth are representations of the fatherś love.
The cold is emphasized through diction and sound devices. The ¨blueblack cold¨ created¨cracked hands that ached" along with sounds of "splintering"and "breaking" in the house. Alliteration with the letters "b" and "c" highlight the change of breaking, chattering, and shivering. This brutal language makes the father's sacrifice seam greater.
The speaker's nostalgic tone to evokes a sense of regret and sadness. Readers may share this sorrow and be moved to appreciate the small acts of love their family members perform.