In the name of the dog contains sixteen poems that can truly be called ‘great’ in every respect: each individual poem is a hymn that sings like a dog and whines like a tipsy angel. Moreover, in every poem with a multitude of styles and verses over various pages the poet digs into the greatest themes, such as love, especially love, which makes life so unbearable. Classical verse forms such as sonnets and roundels are placed side by side in the same poem with free verses of great visual power.
This unprecedented form experiment redefines the genre of the large, hymnic poems. Apart from that, In the name of the dog is a collection that is terrifyingly written close to the skin. In this sense, Pfeijffer lives up to his own definition of great poetry in this collection: this is more than ever dangerous poetry.