Assignment "Dogs Death"

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Dog’s Death
Pamela R. Chappell
ENG 125
Instructor: Danielle Slaughter
October 28, 2013
Dog’s Death
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Dog's Death
John Updike
She must have been kicked unseen or brushed by a car.
Too young to know much, she was beginning to learn
To use the newspapers spread on the kitchen floor
And to win, wetting there, the words, "Good dog! Good dog!"
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We thought her shy malaise was a shot reaction.
The autopsy disclosed a rupture in her liver.
As we teased her with play, blood was filling her skin
And her heart was learning to lie down forever.
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Monday morning, as the children were noisily fed
And sent to school, she crawled beneath the youngest's bed.
We found her twisted and limp but still alive.
In the car to the vet's, on my lap, she tried
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To bite my hand and died. I stroked her warm fur
And my wife called in a voice imperious with tears.
Though surrounded by love that would have upheld her,
Nevertheless she sank and, stiffening, disappeared.
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Back home, we found that in the night her frame,
Drawing near to dissolution, had endured the shame
Of diarrhea and had dragged across the floor
To a newspaper carelessly left there. Good dog.

Dog’s Death The death of a family pet is a traumatic event, leaving questions of our abilities as a pet owner. Personally, I could relate to “Dog’s Death” because as a person who lost a dog to a similar fashion as stated in this poem. John Updike’s poem “Dog’s Death” is about the loss of the family dog and the inability of being able to control the outcome. My essay will show three elements (elegy, imagery, and rhythm) that draw me to Updike’s poem and why these elements contribute to the attraction of his poem. The haunting phrase “good dog”, is that hole in the heart that feeds the hurt. I wandered why Updike did not title the poem “Good Dog”.…...

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