Thanks for reading. Although the main theme of ‘ordained endings’ sounds nice and neat his passing still represents a complex of emotions for me. That’s easier to deal with within the structure that a sonnet requires; getting into the technical details brings some detachment.
Technically, 😊 this sonnet is arranged into 3 quatrains and a couplet. Each quatrain has a (mostly slant) rhyme scheme of AABB. Each also follows the same basic (arbitrary) rules: Line 1 begins with the word ‘the’ (with the exception of the 1st quatrain), lines 2–4 all begin with a pronoun with 2 & 3 referring to the same person(s). The regularity adds to the sense of the preordained.
In the 1st quatrain the lines, respectively, set the mood (peaceful reminiscence), determine the place (a rural setting), the season (dry year end, which introduces the main theme of ordained endings) and the scene (father and son talking). The last line also introduces the sub-theme (the direction of the conversation) which progresses through each last line of the other 2 quatrains.
The final couplet carries the traditional volta, albeit a soft (and rather trite) one: revealing memory as a form of life after death. This is shaded for me by the fact that I don’t believe in life after death.
And so, a form, and some odd rules of my own, turn writing the heavier, personal things into a much more manageable project for me, like solving a word puzzle.