Oliver Goldsmith was one of the most popular 18th century English writers , poet and playwright, made famous by such works as the series of essays “The Citizen of the World, or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher”, the poem “The Deserted Village” , the novel “The Vicar of Wakefield”, and the play “She Stoops to Conquer “. “An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog” is an ironic poem, published in 1766. The author uses the dog as figure to uphold sensibility and decency in man's society. Oliver Goldsmith was one of the most contradictory of his days canonical writers, so you have the great opportunity to get acquainted with one of his literary works! Enjoy the reading!