Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market
Summary of the Poem
In the poem "Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market" the poet is meditating on the life of a now dead tuna. He speaks of the tuna as a mighty creature and states how great a shame that such a great fish would come to rest, dead amongst some wimpy vegetables. Oh, how sad, the poor, large tuna dead...
The theme is "dead fish" Here is a quote that supports that: "Here, among the
market vegetables, this torpedo from the ocean depths, a missile that swam now
laying in front of me, dead". This theme is used in the poem to talk about a dead
fish. You can tell that the poet was against fishing. He really exaggerates on what a pity it is that the tuna will no longer enjoy the joy of living.
"the unknown, the
darkness, the depths"
"in the torrent,
in the coursing"
lying in front of me
in front of me",
the waters of death."