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In The Well by Andrew Hudgins

Posted by 15koyamat on December 2, 2010

The poem, ‘In The Well’ is about a person going into a well and trying to save his or hers neighbours dog. The persons father ties a rope around him and takes him down inside. I chose this poem because it was different to every other one. The more I read it over and over, I found the poem more deeper and more meaningful.

At first, I thought that all it was is that the person enters the well, hits his head and then finds the dog and takes him back up. But when I read it over again, I realized that things get worse in the poem as it goes on. Also, I realized that the poem doesn’t mension that what the person is looking for in the well is a dog until the last stanza. The poem includes some violent things such as blood, gagged etc. On the 4th stanza, the person finally finds the dog but they never say I found the dog. They say, ” Then wet fur.” This is the fur the dog has and on the final stanza, the reader finally notices that the person went all the way down in the well to save a dog.

There is a shift from the 4th stanza to the 5th stanza. My opinion is that the well represents hell, since it is all dark and durty and the workd above is representing heaven. I think it represents heaven because they say, “And rose up to my father. Then light. Then hands. Then breath.” I think this gives the reader a very positive thinking and making the reader image a very safe and nice place. This is a use of imagery.

This poem includes a very large shift towards the end of the poem as I mentioned earlier. In the middle of the poem, it includes things such as, “Then blood, which spiked my mouth with iron.” And also, “I swung and struck my head.” These give a very negative image to the reader. But the stanza after that includes, light which gives a very positive image.

http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/041.html

2 Responses to “In The Well by Andrew Hudgins”

  1.   15larssonj Says:

    On the whole, I agree with you. I think that it is weird that somebody would go down in a well to rescue his neighbor’s dog. And why is there a dog in a well in the first place? The well, as you said, the world above represents heaven, but maybe the well isn’t hell, but instead it is the earth. Maybe the poet is trying to say that dying and then going up to heaven might not be that bad. Maybe the dog represents the people that live on earth (us) and that the person represents an angel.

    I like this poem, because, as you said, it’s very different from other poems. Maybe it’s different because it’s so unrealistic.

  2.   15mochizukik Says:

    I liked your poem you chose and it made sense to what you wrote. While I read this poem, it felt boring and straight forward like you said. As I read it more it got more interesting seeing that more you read the more you understand. I suggest that you explain more of the literary terms used in this poem than what the plot is. I suggest that you put the second paragraph down to the bottom of the blog because it seems that the second paragraph sounds like an ending statement-conclusion. I liked your poem you chose and it made sense to what you wrote. While I read this poem, it felt boring and straight forward like you said. As I read it more it got more interesting seeing that more you read the more you understand.

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