Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

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

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/6/2017 6:59:00 AM)

    i am feeling a good read (Report) Reply

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  • Seamus O' Brian (1/19/2017 11:45:00 AM)

    I came back to this one, following the memory of my own little dog, who skipped through my life and my heart leaving behind a trail of magic.

    There are no good-byes for my dog who has died,
    and we don't now and never did lie to each other.

    A beautiful line in a beautiful poem. A man seemingly reluctant to admit the depth of attachment, but his love permeates it anyway. A favourite of mine.
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  • Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:32:00 AM)

    An Ironic sardistic finish for such an emotion filled poem! (Report) Reply

  • Oluwatobi Moses (7/29/2016 4:49:00 PM)

    love this elegy For a dead dog.but he forgot to tell us his name.jaggy or bingo? (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (4/6/2016 3:31:00 PM)

    Ha! He ends this poem saying: - - - - - - - - -]
    So now he's gone and I buried him,
    and that's all there is to it.
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I never knew he was a bald-faced liar before! Because listen to what he wrote earlier- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -]
    No, my dog used to gaze at me,
    paying me the attention I need,
    the attention required
    to make a vain person like me understand
    that, being a dog, he was wasting time,
    but, with those eyes so much purer than mine,
    he'd keep on gazing at me
    with a look that reserved for me alone
    all his sweet and shaggy life,
    always near me, never troubling me,
    and asking nothing.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Yeah, right, Mr Neruda, you can't fool us! Those dogs and horses and cats and whatnot curl up in your heart no matter what we want people to believe.
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  • (4/6/2016 10:47:00 AM)

    One of best poem of Pablo Neruda that gave an enjoyment to readers in its style and content. Likes. (Report) Reply

  • Barry Middleton (4/6/2016 10:28:00 AM)

    I always loved this poem sorta like Neruda loved his dog and vice versa. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (4/6/2016 8:51:00 AM)

    A great poem of Pablo Neruda where he shows his love for faithfulness and joyful free spirit in a friendship. .The dog represents that faithfulness and free spirit to love, giving all attention from a distance without expecting anything in return.This friendship never dies and the poet wants to be alongside of such a friendship.

    To quote from the poem- -
    My dog has died.- - - - - - - - -
    .Some day I will join there
    .My dog used to gaze at me
    , paying the attention I need
    The attention required
    to make a vain person like me understand
    that being a dog he was wasting time
    but with those eyes so purer than mine
    he would keep on gazing at me
    with a look that reserved for me alone
    all his sweet and shaggy life
    always near me, never troubling me
    and asking nothing.
    (Report) Reply

  • David Lumpkin (4/6/2016 8:40:00 AM)

    A greater honesty than most of us want to admit. (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (4/6/2016 7:43:00 AM)

    Neruda distances himself from humanity in this one. Obviously prefers the company of dead pets. He does, however, fall into the old human error of projecting human emotions onto an animal. It's a fucking dog... (Report) Reply

    Barry Middleton Barry Middleton (4/6/2016 10:29:00 AM)

    Dogs are better than most people.

  • (4/6/2016 7:11:00 AM)

    A great poem conceived and envisioned by a great poet and presenting a balancing comparison. Hats off. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/6/2016 1:05:00 AM)

    Some day i'll join him! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Abderrahmane Dakir (2/28/2016 8:24:00 AM)

    Nice poem about the best memories about the dog alive and after his death. excellent description. (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2016 9:16:00 AM)

    Interesting poem............... (Report) Reply

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (2/10/2016 1:50:00 PM)

    Making the mundane marvelous is one of the things Neruda did best. That virtue is alive in this excellent essay! (Report) Reply

  • Enoch John (1/27/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    well written.Well even poets have dogs.Pablo was no exception. (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/17/2015 8:00:00 AM)

    Except the atheism in it i believe it is an intresting poem (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/24/2015 3:08:00 AM)

    Neruda titles the poem “A Dog Has Died”, then in the first line, calls says “My dog has died.” The distance between the man and the dog seems at first almost indifferent, but then as the poem begins, the dog’s status shifts, their relationship deepens. The line after deepens it all the more: the garden is a familiar place, a comfortable place that one tends and cares for. Being buried in the garden, then, seems to go from ownership to favor. Then Neruda finishes this first stanza with the line: “next to a rusted old machine, ” drawing us back to the surface, back to being confused about the relationship between the man and his dog. [Paul Erland] (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case (8/6/2015 6:30:00 PM)

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

  • (7/26/2015 5:48:00 PM)

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

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