Analysis of John Updike “Dog’s Death”
Instructor Abby Forster
Death is such an intense feeling to describe. Losing a loved one cannot always be put into words. However, in John Updike’s poem “Dog’s Death” (1953) he speaks of the loss of his best friend, family member, and companion that hurts your heart in the words he chose to explain this horrible feeling. I have lost a pet and it felt like I lost a family member after his death. I felt such turmoil and distress from it. Throughout this paper I will elaborate more on these intense feelings from my loss and will analyze the literary work from John Updike’s narrative poem “Dog’s Death”. I will explain why I selected this poem and what analytical approach was taken from me. I will evaluate the meaning of the poem “Dog’s Death” to show the readers how powerful the content, form, and style of the writer is. The family in this narrative poem loved their pet and grieved for their loss. I chose John Updike’s poem “Dog’s Death” since it grabbed my attention from a similar loss I encountered. It invoked an emotional feeling from the family’s loss and dog’s death. No one can ever understand this feeling or have these emotions unless they have been through a dog’s death or have even lost a family member. I lost my mother about two years ago from a long battle of diabetes and will always remember how it felt when I heard the news. My mother was my best friend and she will always be with me. I have also lost a dog that our family had for 10 years named Ode. She was also like a best friend and was so loyal to me in any situation that accrued. However, my family and I went on a vacation to California and while we were gone our family’s neighbor poisoned her with raw fish since she was getting into her trash can. This was like the use of personifications in Updike’s poem “She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.”...
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