A good way to approach an analysis of this poem is to consider Updike's techniques. Look at how he arranges the stanzas and count the lines in each.
Sex, Religion, and Art. In a compendious study of American fiction sinceFrederick R. Karl offers a useful overview of Updike: In such a world, problems are not always solved; they are more often endured, if not fully understood. However, even the curtains of actuality occasionally part, unexpectedly, to offer gifts, as Updike avers in his preface to Olinger Stories: A Selection — such gifts as keep alive a vision of wholeness in an often lost and fragmented world.
This opposition is embodied in the two principal characters: Such progress has been made at a price: In a world totally run by the head, the heart dies.
The incident symbolizes the inherent desire and need for self-assertion and individualism. The annual fair is symbolic of an antientropic spirit in its celebration of the fruits of individual self-expression— patchwork quilts and peach-pit sculptures. It is Hook, one of the last links to that lost America, who struggles at the end for some word to leave with Conner as a kind of testament, but he cannot find it.
Both novels—though very different from each other—concern the reckoning of a son with a parent, in the case of The Centaur with his father and in Of the Farm with his mother, before he can proceed with his life. Although the novel won the National Book Award, its reception was quite mixed.
Peter Caldwell, the narrator, reminisces to his black mistress in a Manhattan loft about a three-day period in the winter offourteen years earlier. On the realistic level, Peter tells the story of his self-conscious adolescence growing up an only child, living on a farm with his parents and Pop Kramer, his grandfather.
His father is the high school biology teacher and swim coach, whose acts of compassion and charity embarrass the boy. On the mythic level, the father is depicted as Chiron the centaur, part man and part stallion, who serves as mentor to the youthful Greek heroes.
As such, he suffers for his charges. Just as Chiron sacrifices his immortality—he accepts death—so that Prometheus may be free to live, so too does George give his life for his son. Although George is obsessed with death, it is doubtful that his sacrifice takes the form of death.
Rather, his sacrifice is his willingness to go on fulfilling his obligations to his family. In reflecting upon this sacrifice by his father, Peter, feeling a failure in his art, asks: Love, guilt, and sacrifice are somehow inherent in the very structure of life.
It is this that his mythicized father reveals to him in the very act of his narrating the story. For others, the novel is a mock epic showing in Peter the artist, the son of a scientist father and the grandson of a preacher, a loss of the metaphoric realm that makes great art possible and that leaves Peter diminished by his confinement to the earth alone.
Of the Farm A short novel, Of the Farm is another tale of the intricacy of love, guilt, sacrifice, and betrayal. In The Centaur, Peter Caldwell, stalled and failing in his artistic vocation, goes home through a creative act of the memory and imagination to recover his lost vision, a basis to continue his work.
Peter can fulfill his Promethean charge because his father was Chiron. Joey seeks forgiveness of the guilt he bears for the acts of betrayal that have constituted his life. He betrays his poetic aspirations by becoming an advertising executive and betrays his marriage to Joan and his three children through adultery and divorce.
Joey cannot please both women or heal the wounds of his past betrayals. If the novel is an exploration of human freedom, as the epigraph from Jean-Paul Sartre would suggest, the reader sees that freedom escapes all the characters, bound as they are by conflicting desires, guilt, and obligation.
This series of novels is among the most popular of his work. For Rabbit, Run, Updike uses a quote from Pascal for an epigraph: In a real sense, those things also describe the basic movements and conflicts in the Rabbit novels.
Out of frustration, Rabbit bolts from his life-stifling existence, feeling that something out there wants him to find it.Title: "Dog's Death" In regards to the owners' carelessness, not a single character speaks of the dog by its name, just referring to her as "dog".
There is no empathy in the title; it infers to the dog as just another dog who died. In John Updike’s poem, “Dog’s Death”, the dog who dies in the poem and her owner expresses a sense of abandonment which illustrates the mourning of one who loses their dog.
I think the approach for analyzing this poem will best fit for reflecting the imagination, tone, image, and similarly designed to reveal the tone I observed in the poem. Poem Analysis: John Updike's 'A Dog's Death' Words | 3 Pages.
John Updike's "A Dog's Death" is a heart-wrenching poem in which a narrator remembers a puppy that he and his family rescued. An Analysis of John Updike's "Dog's Death" The loss to death of a family pet might be one of the hardest experiences in a person’s life.
In John Updike’s poem, “Dog’s Death”, the dog who dies in the poem and the owner expresses a sense of abandonment which illustrates the grieving of one who loses his dog. The poem Dog’s Death, written by John Updike, takes you through the emotions of the love and loss of a family dog.
The author uses tone . The poem “Dog’s Death,” by John Updike shows a family’s love and admiration for their family pet.
Their dog wishes to die in peace and quiet, but the family rushes off to the vet to try and save her life.