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"Ode to my Socks"

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Jenny Sommer

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of "Ode to my Socks"

By: Jenny Nguyen
Brigid Sommer "Ode to My Socks" The Speaker The
of the poem
is unnamed,
and the poem is written
in the first person. The Setting The setting of the poem is during the winter time. This is indicated by the poet saying that, "Beauty is twice beauty and what is good is doubly good when it is a matter of two socks made of wool in winter" (Neruda 79-85). Figures of Speech
in the Poem Form of the Poem Ode: Images of the Poem The poet creates an overall vivid image of touching and feeling the warmth, coziness, and softness of the socks. He also makes use of sight by saying that his feet looked "handsome" and "heavenly" in the socks. Tone of the Poem Theme of the Poem Summary of the Poem Elements of the Poem A long lyric poem written in a dignified style. Meter: This poem does not have a specific meter since it is written in short, irregular lines of free verse. Rhyme
Scheme: This poem is written in free verse, so it does not contain a rhyme scheme. "Two": The element of "two" is repeated many times in the poem. Neruda makes sure to always mention that there are two of the items he is making a comparison with in order to correspond with his two feet. For
example: "Violent socks, my feet were two fish made of wool, two long sharks sea-blue... two immense blackbirds, two cannons" (Neruda 17-22, 25-26). Similes: "They were so handsome for the first time my feet seemed to be unacceptable like two decrepit firemen" (Neruda 34-40). Metaphors: "Violent socks, my feet were two fish made of wool" (Neruda 17-20). Personification: The poet uses personification when he describes the socks as being "violent"
and "handsome." Hyperbole: The poet uses a hyperbole when he says his socks were "knitted with threads of twilight" and that they "were so handsome my feet seemed to me unacceptable," in order to put emphasis on how majestic his socks were on his feet. Examples: "Two socks as soft as rabbits. I slipped my feet into them as though into two cases knitted with threads of twilight" (Neruda 6-15). The tone of "Ode to My Socks'' is playful. The theme of “Ode to My Socks” is the author describing how the most extraordinary aspects in life can be present in the most ordinary situations. For instance, Neruda depicts an everyday essential, such as a pair of socks, as being much more extraordinary than it is credited for. The theme is also to honor the simple and precious gifts in life. “Ode to My Socks” demonstrates the beauty of an inanimate object, such as a pair of socks. The narrator receives a pair of socks and explains the beauty of the ordinary object. The narrator considers his feet to be unworthy of such a beautiful item. Pablo Neruda Real Name: Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto Birth: July 12, 1904 in the town of Parral, Chile Parents: His father was a railway employee, and his mother was
a teacher, who died shortly after his birth. Famous
works: "Residencia en la tierra" - 1933
"Canto General" - 1950
"Las Uvas y el Viento" - 1954 Achievements: Most important Latin American poet of the twentieth century.
Won Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971 "for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force
brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams." Education: Attended University of Chile in Santiago studying French and pedagogy Death: September 23, 1973 Resolutions and Effective,
Striking, or Climatic Moments There is not an effective, striking, or climatic moment in this poem. However, the poem builds up to the narrator revealing the moral of the ode as the poet intensifies his admiration for the socks.
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