Study Guide

Ode to My Suit What's Up With the Title?

By Pablo Neruda

What's Up With the Title?

Neruda isn't hiding any secrets in his title—the poem actually is an ode to a suit. Now, an ode is a poetic form of praise or appreciation, originating all the way back to ancient Greece. You may have read an ode or two already; Romantic poets like Keats and Shelley were big fans of 'em.

But we are betting you never read an ode to a suit, or a pair of socks before stumbling onto Neruda. And that's just the way he likes it. Neruda wanted to invest the world of everyday things with poetic importance. It's not just a nightingale or the west wind that deserves our praise and attention. This title tells us that Neruda's up to a different program. Everything is fair game for his poetic attention, even the suit on his back, er chair—you get the idea.

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