The Age of Responsibility Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

The Age of Responsibility
An analysis of the poem, "Seventeen", by Andrew Hudgins.
# 45909 | 968 words | 0 sources | 2002
Published on Nov 23, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses ?Seventeen?, a narrative poem by Andrew Hudgins, which tells the story of a boy facing the reality of death when he has to put a dying dog out of its misery. The paper shows the poet's use of colloquialism and the element of paradox throughout the text. Finally, the paper discusses the imagery of the poem.

From the Paper:

"The sheer imagery of the poem is the most important factor, and creates the most compassion for the characters. From the dog falling out of the truck and sustaining such graphic injuries to the boy hitting the dog twice and heaving the carcass into the weeds. The reader has a lucid picture from the beginning of this tortured dog trying to stay alive. For instance, "He scrambled, fell, and scrapped along the hot asphalt." (Line 3/4)"

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