Ode to a Large Tuna in the Market

Pablo Neruda

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...

Poet's Theme

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.

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Poetic Elements

Alliteration-

"the unknown, the

unfathomable

darkness, the depths"


Assonance-

"in the torrent,

in the coursing"


Repetition-

"now

lying in front of me

dead.",

"Dead

in front of me",

"navigating now

the waters of death."

My Personal Thoughts

I think that this poem is definitely...interesting. The poet, in my opinion, had waaaaay to much free time. I mean, seriously, who writes a lengthy poem about a TUNA?!?!? I would understand if the poet was writing about a griffin or anything even the tiniest bit majestic. But a tuna...really?
Poem Link

This is the poem that I wrote this flyer about.