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How to Read a Poem: the sonnet

Robert Hayden, Those Winter Sundays

This is the second in a series of three videos where I introduce some ways of reading poetry. In this instalment, I use ‘Those Winter Sundays’ by Robert Hayden, looking at some basic points of sonnet structure and evolution, and identifying some of the techniques that make Hayden’s poem so effective—and so popular on Father’s Day.

The aim is to provide i…

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How to Read Literature
The aim is to provide introductory sessions to help you understand poetic and novelistic technique. To see how writers achieve their effects.
Henry Oliver