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.