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Analysis and comments on Your Dog Dies by Raymond Carver

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Comment 29 of 179, added on June 11th, 2007 at 3:32 PM.

this is a really good poem LOL

Comment 28 of 179, added on March 14th, 2007 at 5:15 PM.

this is gay!

Adrianna from United States
Comment 27 of 179, added on December 22nd, 2006 at 1:12 AM.

I am astounded that so many visitors to this site fail to comprehend the
genious of Raymond Carver. His dirty little secret - that he extracts some
artistic joy from the death of his daughter's dog - and his confessional
regarding same, are brilliant honesty in its most raw form. The literal
meaning and the poet's dilemna are as one - the dog is dead and Carver is
genuinely sorry for his daughter, but at the same time he (the poet Carver)
is secretly pleased to have something to stoke his creative fires. The
separation between artist and person - creator and person - has never been
more stark. Read it - read everything Carver wrote and savour every


Lindsay Varcoe from Australia
Comment 26 of 179, added on April 18th, 2006 at 9:34 PM.

This poem is very depressing!!!

Zach from United States
Comment 25 of 179, added on March 15th, 2006 at 12:24 PM.

This is the first Carver poem I read, and then I was hooked. He is by far
my favorite poet of all time. Other favorites include "Transformation" and
"The Current," but I've grown attached to a number of his pieces and like
his poetry more than his prose. Thanks for the site.

Cindy from United States
Comment 24 of 179, added on January 28th, 2006 at 3:47 PM.

this is a terrible terrible poem.

george from Canada
Comment 23 of 179, added on November 20th, 2005 at 11:18 AM.

You're all inane. This poem is about how he needs to have bad things happen
so he can continue to write good poetry. It gets to the point where he is
happy that bad things are happening, because good poetry comes out of it.
Finally, he hears some sort of screaming, and he does nothing in the hopes
that it will be bad enough to write good poetry.

Cameron from United States
Comment 22 of 179, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 1:04 PM.

I personally love poetry and I thought this was funny yet ellagent. It was
a great poem!!

Rebecca from United States
Comment 21 of 179, added on September 24th, 2005 at 10:46 PM.

I am sending a competing death of dog poem. Author is my late wife Inta.

When the dog dies
He lies on the table, eyes closed,
the trembling quiet now.
Pink liquid in the needle,
a short yelp, and it's over.
They're ready, the vet says,
when they go so fast.

We cry, I take his collar off.
At night, I dream of him
running circles, touch
the thick rough fur
by his neck and feel the tag gone-
no one to return him now.

Sixteen years of walks-
parks, wildflower reserve,
Plantations, Rim Trail, Lick Brook,
Abbot's Loop, and many nameless paths,
on foot or skis, he struggling through the snow.
Lately, for his sake, more on flat trails.

We force ourselves to walk now,
explain to other regulars,
pet their dogs, and go on,
the warm brown shadow still
between us, the ghost leash
loosening, as he falls behind.

Ezergailis, Andrew from United States
Comment 20 of 179, added on September 24th, 2005 at 8:45 PM.

So much for comfort when you need it!

Srella Wilson from United States

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Poet: Raymond Carver
Poem: Your Dog Dies
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 24 2000

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