A Dog’s Death
ENG 125- Introduction to Literature
Dr. Sarah Bowman
July 2, 2012
A Dog’s Death
I chose A Dog’s Death to write about because it touched my heart. From the first line, I could tell that it was not going to be a good ending. I have lost animals before and I know what that emptiness feels like. I thought that I could not be whole again without my pet. In the poem, the author takes me through several emotions as well as several images and in the end sadness, sympathy for the owner and then empathy for the actions of the dog before she died (Clugston, 2010). The author uses the reader/response technique so that we can see and feel all the emotions of ...view middle of the document...
He tells us that it is a puppy when he says, “Too young to know much” (Clugston, 2010). “As we teased her with play, blood was filling her skin” (Clugston, 2010), shows us that the puppy did not want to play because she was starting to die with the hidden injury that she had. I can see the owner stroking the fur of the dog as the dog dies in his arms. This causes me to be sad and I can feel his grief of the dog’s death (Clugston, 2010).
The poem reminded me of when my dog had to be put down and the emotions I felt with my dog. The apprehension of not knowing what was wrong, how depressed I felt when taking my dog to the vet as they did with their puppy. The sadness and the grief associated with having the dog die is overwhelming to the point of feeling like I could not live without the dog. When they arrived back home, they found a lasting reminder that the dog had always tried her best to please them when she tried to get to the paper because she had diarrhea (Clugston, 2010).
My emotional connection to the poem brought back all...