Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

A Dog Has Died - Poem by Pablo Neruda

My dog has died.
I buried him in the garden
next to a rusted old machine.
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Comments about A Dog Has Died by Pablo Neruda

  • Veteran Poet - 1,269 Points Thomas Case (8/6/2015 6:30:00 PM)

    beautiful and sad...the dog is like a perfect human. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,959 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (7/26/2015 5:48:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this write. High standard as expected from Neruda. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,485 Points Dedan Onyango (7/11/2015 4:27:00 AM)

    Neruda's dog is a special one. The qualities are beyond that of a normal dog. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,530 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/29/2015 12:05:00 PM)

    Neruda's dog is special; it is perhaps the most undogly dog! One can't resist admiring this dog's aloofness and matter-of-fact, impersonal behaviour. The hidden satire in the poem is very amusing if we consider these lines:

    Yes, I believe in a heaven for all dogdom
    where my dog waits for my arrival
    waving his fan-like tail in friendship. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 832 Points Matthew Holloway (3/28/2015 12:28:00 PM)

    A dog always makes a home, they become part of the family fabric and their loyal devotion and love deserves poetry such as this masterpiece (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,981 Points Walterrean Salley (9/18/2014 3:39:00 AM)

    He really loved his dog. I'm sorry for such loss and the state of sadness it brought. Enjoyed reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,981 Points Walterrean Salley (9/18/2014 3:37:00 AM)

    He really loved his dog. I'm sorry for such loss and the state of saddness it brought. Enjoyed reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 160 Points Surajit Banerjee (6/19/2014 6:36:00 AM)

    The unification of souls of poet and the pet is unique. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (6/7/2014 4:17:00 AM)

    I love the beautiful poem of the one and only kind of specialness between pet and owner. Recalls to mimd my own Kitty girl who has passed. The closeness between us was an amazing thing to see! This poem speaks of this type of love perfectly! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Brian Liu (4/28/2014 10:47:00 AM)

    Thinking of my dog. Miss him. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,004 Points Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 12:03:00 PM)

    It fronts the dogs death and combine his personal thouhhts (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:20:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 826 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (4/1/2014 7:53:00 PM)

    First time reading any piece by Pablo Neruda. Fell in love with the poem. Poem kept me entranced from beginning to end. No wonder he was so popular (still popular) . (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 18,294 Points Ramesh Rai (3/30/2014 10:36:00 PM)

    Nicely penned with soulful expression. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie R Bremner (3/25/2014 7:43:00 PM)

    Weird. I have had many dogs and all of them were quite affectionate. Perhaps the dog picked up on Neruda's lack of love, and reciprocated. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ally Davies (1/8/2014 8:11:00 AM)

    The greatest poet of the 20th century, in any language. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 610 Points Alexander Opicho (12/2/2013 4:13:00 AM)

    this is Marxism of Marxism; it is a sharp way of explaining class conflict, i eguate it to the satire of V S Naipual; the house for mr biswas (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Poems 7137 (11/7/2013 7:56:00 AM)

    impeccably explained! ! I'm an admirer for this one..
    Unconditional and detached love of a dog..with no exaggerated dressing on display or any boundaries watsoever; the animal's love is a true one..! Hence, no regrets even after death...Beautiful.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sarah Jones (9/24/2013 10:19:00 PM)

    Unforgetable poem. Work of a true master. Neruda makes poetry so easy! Moving and poignant poem. The more you read Neruda, the more you fall in love with him. Great! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Denis Neumann (1/1/2013 6:45:00 PM)

    If you like poems about dogs, read Unleashed, a book of poems written by writer's dogs. (Report) Reply










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