ENLG 1320, Sec: 048
Friday, February 15, 2008
A Sense of Regret
A. E. Stallings constructed the sonnet, “Fishing” to portray a sense of regret.
Throughout the sonnet, we are able to conclude that there are a few important subjects
that need to be identified before we can go any further. The two main characters, or
subjects, are a father and his daughter. Through the sonnet, A. E. Stallings portrays a
meaningful situation between a father and his daughter. The theme of the sonnet is to
not take the people we love and the time we spend with them for granted because we
never know how much longer we will be with them.
We are able to tell this writing is
a sonnet because of the fact that it consists of fourteen, rhymed lines. The sonnet
consists of a first quatrain, second quatrain, third quatrain, and a turn or couplet. A. E.
Stallings’ sonnet, “Fishing” uses complex literary elements to give off a theme that
could only be understood by interpreting all aspects of the sonnet itself. The literary
elements included in the poem are diction, tone, mood, connotation, and figurative
A. E. Stallings starts the poem off with deep and vivid imagery because of the
strong effect it can have on the reader. The first four lines of “Fishing” state, “ The two
of them stood in the middle water, the current slipping away, quick and cold, the sun
slow at his zenith, sweating gold, once in some sullen summer of father and daughter”
When reading the first three lines the reader is able to form the sitting. We could