‘A Dog has Died’ – Pablo Neruda- Short & Long type Question Answers

A dog has died : Short & Long type Question Answers are arranged in two parts. In the first part, 14 nos. short type questions were answered. Thereafter 5 long questions were answered.

Short Question Answer:

1: What type of poem is ‘a dog has died’?

Ans: the poem a dog has died by Pablo Neruda is an elegy.

2: what is the original name of Pablo Neruda?

Ans: the original name of Pablo Neruda is Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basalto.

3: When was Pablo Neruda awarded the Nobel Prize for literature?

Ans: Pablo Neruda was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1971 for literature

4: Give an instance from the initial part of the poem that suggests that there is a distance between the poet and his dog.

Ans: the title of the poem ‘ a dog has died’ shows the distance between its owner and him because it means that any dog has died.

5: Where has the dog been buried?

Ans: the dog has been buried in the garden of the poet by him.

6: Where does the poet think of joining his dog? how would the poet’s dog wait for him?

Ans: the poet thinks that he will unite with his dog in the afterlife in Dogdum.

The dog dog would wait for his Master’s arrival waving his fan-like tail in friendship.

7: Which part of the dog’s body did the narrator envy?

Ans: The narrator has envied the Golden tale of the dog several times as it was attractive and luring.

8: What image has been or is created from the envy?

Ans: a happy image is created with the frisky doggy tail of the dog against the sea waves and the dog jumping about.

9: What is Isla Negra?

Ans: Casa de Isla Negra, the poet’s favorite place and home where he used to live with his third wife. He, a lover of the sea and all things Maritime, built the house to resemble a ship with low ceilings, cracking wood floors, and narrow passageways.

10: Why did wintering Birds fill the sky?

Ans: the wintering birds are the migratory birds that have come to root from far away places fill in the sky.

11: Refer to one happy image referred to by the narrator about the dog.

Ans: The narrator’s happy hairy dog used to jump about while walking on the Shore full of voltage cheese movement, suggesting the happy image of the dog.

12: What does the word autonomy mean?

Ans: The meaning of the word autonomy is the ability to act and make decisions without being controlled by anyone.

13: How is the word autonomy related to the dog?

Ans: the dog never used to listen to his master and made his decisions and choices on its own.

14: why did the narrator want to bid no goodbye to his dog?

Ans: the narrator doesn’t want to beat his dog goodbye because he has the belief that he will reunite with his dog in the Afterlife and therefore there is no sorrowful parting.

a golden dog viewing a sea shore


1: Refer to the poetic device- imagery used in Neruda’s

” poem’ A Dog Has Died’

Ans:  ‘A dog has died’- nothing more nothing less. no melancholy price of anguish- just straightforward utilitarian and direct.

Pablo Neruda illustrates the theme of his poem’ A Dog Has Died’ of the loss of a Dog through numerous poetic devices such as imagery through metaphor and consonants.

The poetic device of consonants is used when the repetition of the same consonants appears two or more times in short succession.

In the poem comma the very first words-‘ my dog has died, I buried in the garden… old machine’ Throughout the lines Naruto has used consonants to initiate the word ‘enD’ that resembles the end of the life. By using this technique it creates a connection and gives life to readers’ hearts. another example is when he compares his dog to others and alludes to the fact that his dog is different from all the rest.

” he never ClimbeD…

he never RubbeD…

…obsessed with sex” By repeating the consonant ‘ED’ Pablo emphasizes that his dog is dead and gone, never to return, he has lost his love, therefore it is all in the past tense.

IMAGERY: The beauty depicted by the poet is metaphorically sigh-worthy. ‘ for instance, as we walk together… jumping about’. It truthfully reflects different levels of appreciation of joy and trust one man reaches with his every giving dog. Neruda has used metaphor in these lines through the words ‘ Shore’, ‘ lonely winter’, and’ hairy dog jumping about’. the Shore resembles the tide and how life will change we will have highs and lows.


The lonely winter is a metaphor for how the poet feels, yet when he sees his hairy dog ‘ jumping about’ . He is filled with awe and joy. In a way his dog resembles optimism.

overall, Pablo Neruda has created a beautiful poem with the use of consonants and metaphors so he has earned rightfully a spot in the Greatest poetry of all time.

2:  Consider the poem A Dog Has Died as an elegy

Ans: Many others have observed, multiple tones are struck at the beginning of the poem ‘ A dog has died’. As Paul Earland pointed out, neruda titles the poem ‘ a dog has Died’ then in the first line he says’ My dog has died’. The distance between the man and the dog at first seems to be almost indifferent, but then as the poem begins, the dog’s status shits and their relationship deepens.

Neruda’s overall reaction to the death of his dog seems almost confused. It is because if we take that poem apart stanza by stanza, we can see Neruda’s emotions are clear:

1: narrative: the dog has died… buried in the garden

2: thoughts on the Afterlife of the dog not for him.

3: instead of speaking of sadness, Nehru the things almost objectively about the dog:’ aloof’,’ no exaggeration, and description of the dog’s actions.

4: elevation of the dog: gave me the attention I needed and with eyes so much purer than mine.

5: description of dogs’ Paradise and finally 7&8: return to reality.

There is a grief cycle that Neruda goes through while coming to terms with the passing of his dog.  A dog has died is a textbook example of an elegy. The elements of traditional allergy mirror three stages of loss. First, there is lament where the speaker expresses grief and sorrow, then praise and admiration of the idealized death, and finally consolation and solace. Pablo Neruda, in essence, is the first step of the allergy. This simple statement replaces the lament to a subject on a death of this kind. Moving forward, Neruda chooses to first remember the dog as he is. He is initially descriptive, but these descriptions carry the weight of praise. He is not just talking but he is talking fondly about the dog. This easily qualifies for the phrase and admiration though it builds from objective recognition to glorification. On the whole, the poem ‘ A Dog Has Died’ is about an allergy which is reflected by the poet in the poem.