ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Yanessa Page
December 10, 2012
This poetry reflects on the occurrences of everyday life, with dealing with the loss of a family member or loves one. It deals with familiar situations that evoke feelings for which we often don’t understand. This is a sad and painful situations, which makes one feel insecure about owning a pet for yourself or family member.
It demonstrates the dog’s life from a puppy to a full adult. Death can be very hard and devastating. Unless you have experience this feeling for yourself, then you don’t know how hard it really can be. John Updike’s poem “Dog’s Death” speaks of the loss of a member of his family, his beloved dog. I have loss a love one before and it can be devastating and selfish. I say selfish, because when a love one is suffering with pain, you know that in order for the suffering to end, they must die, but who wants, their love one to die. But, we are being selfish, when we ask them to hold on a little while longer, and they have already giving up on this life. That’s what happens to the dog, he was tried and he needed some rest.
In this paper, I will explain why/how this poem capture my attention. I will be writing using the Analytical Approach to evaluate my selection of “Dog’s Death”. As I stated before, if you have never had a loss the, you will now understand. I choose this literacy writing because I bring back memories of the death of my dear mother. I can relate to the devastation to the loss of the dog. He was a member of this family and was loved. He stated” she must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car” (Updike, 1953). He was looking for reasons of the dog’s illness, looking through confusion, sadness, feeling of frustration for the dog. As he talked about her shy malaise, he was saying that he thought her discomfort would only last for a short while, but the autopsy showed her having a rupture liver, she was dying.