Robert Hayden's sonnet "Those Winter Sundays" offers a meditation on the fraught love between fathers and sons. Conjuring Depression-era industrial Detroit and the struggles of early 20th-century African Americans, the poem's universality makes it one of the most beloved poems in the American canon. In this video excerpted from Poetry in America, Vice President Joe Biden, Inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, psychologist Angela Duckworth, and host Elisa New join a chorus of working fathers and sons to reflect on Hayden's moving poem. This resource is part of the Poetry in America Collection.
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