The poem I decided to analyze is “A Dog Has Died” by Pablo Neruda. The poem can be found almost on any poetry website but here is the link where I found it originally: poetry foundation. I chose this work and poet because I am not familiar with either. I think this is the best approach to enhance my poetry skills for the course, writing about literature.
Born Neftali Reyes Basoalto, Pablo Neruda is a Chilean author from the city of Parral. He is best known for having variety in his style of writing such as surrealist poems, historical epics, and passionate love poems. Neruda got his fame as a poet at a very early age when he began his literacy career.
In Neruda’s poem “A Dog Has Died” it is very obvious to the reader through context and the title that the poem is about the passing of his beloved best friend. While analyzing the poem I noticed these lines, “Someday I’ll join him right there/ but now he’s gone with his shaggy coat,” (Neruda lines 4-5). The author has made it very clear early on in the poem that himself (the narrator) has become compliant with the idea of death. I also noticed how Neruda pays special attention to the speaker which is himself in the poem. In the line, “No, my dog used to gaze at me/ paying me the attention that I need/ the attention required”. (Neruda lines 26-28). These lines convey that speaker has made it clear what state of mind he is in. The speaker is now in the grieving period of his dog and reflects back on their life together. After, reading the poems several times, I came across different interpretations. The first way I read the poem aloud was in a very sincere manner. The second time around, I found myself taking on a different approach to the poem. Reading the poem aloud a few times over enabled me to see how he wasn’t just grieving over the dog but praising him and stating how proud he was of their relationship, “all his sweet and shaggy life/ always near me, never troubling me/ and asking nothing”. (Neruda lines 34-36). Neruda’s message is clear and that death is something that happens even to man’s best friend. Neruda makes a connection with death and conveys that even the least “servile” lives will pass.
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