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Introduction

The poem provides a dog’s insight on a firework night. It narrates how the loud fireworks frighten the poor animal and how the dog tries to find a safe space. It raises awareness regarding noise pollution.

The poem follows the couplet rhyme scheme. A couplet is two lines of poetry that come next to each other, especially two lines that rhyme with each other and are the same length. 

Poem

What's that?
Bang-Bang! Oh, Hark,
The guns are shooting in the dark!
Little guns and big ones too,
Bang–Bang-Bang!
What shall I do?
Mistress, Master, hear me yelp,
I'm out-of-doors, I want your help.
Let me in-oh, LET ME IN
Before those fireworks begin
To shoot again-I can't bear that;
My tail is down, my ears are flat,
I'm trembling here outside the door,
Oh, don't you love me anymore?
I think I'll die with fright
Unless you let me in to-night.
(Shall we let him in, children?)
Ah, now the door is opened wide,
I'm rushing through, I'm safe inside,
The lights are on, it's warm and grand-
Mistress, let me lick your hand
Before I slip behind the couch.
There I'll hide myself and crouch
In safety till the BANGS are done-
Then to my kennel I will run
And guard you safely all the night
Because you understood my fright.

Summary

The poem begins with a bang. It is night and the fireworks are shooting in the dark. There are constant bangs and loud noises and the dog is frightened. He is confused and cannot understand what he should do. He calls to his mistress and master and yelps for help. He is outside the house and wants their help to let him in before the fireworks begin again.  

The fireworks are too many and too loud and he is unable to tolerate them. Because of his fear, his tail is down and his ears which are usually standing proud excitedly are now flat. The poor dog is trembling with fear and wondering if his masters love him enough to let him in the house before he dies of fear. The door finally opens wide and the dog rushes inside towards safety. 

Once inside, the atmosphere instantly changes and he feels a lot safer. The lights are on and it’s no longer dark, the warmth inside provides a sense of comfort to the frightened animal. The dog wants to lick the mistress’ hand to express his affection and gratefulness. He intends to slip behind the couch and hide. 

He will crouch and hide himself until the bangs have completely stopped. Once the fireworks end, he will return to his kennel. The dog is grateful to them for providing him a safe space and promises to guard the family safely all night because they understood his fright.

The poem acutely addresses the issue of noise pollution caused by fireworks and how it adversely affects the helpless and frightened animals. It raises questions regarding the need for fireworks.