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Ode to My Socks

Ode to My Socks

by Pablo Neruda

Happiness Theme

"Ode to My Socks" is a happier poem than most, especially when you think about all the death and tragedy that a lot of poetry will deliver. Here, that happiness lies in simplicity. It's all about finding joy in something as simple as having warm feet on a cold night, or the act of making and giving a gift to a friend. All together now: aww.

Questions About Happiness

  1. Which images in the poem communicate the speaker's happiness upon receiving the socks?
  2. Are there any hints of unhappiness in the poem? If so, where do you see them?
  3. What is the effect of relating happiness to something as ordinary as a pair of socks?
  4. What might this poem tell us about how to be happy in our daily lives?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

Shiny, happy accessories! The poem "Ode to My Socks" uses colorful imagery to show how everyday objects can bring happiness to people. The poem "Ode to My Socks" is about how material objects should not be the basis of human happiness. After all, they're only socks, gang.

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