颂歌的定义，以及几个世纪以来的变化，对二十世纪颂歌的一种特殊解释是，抒情诗歌，源于个人的冲动，上升到表达一些严肃的普遍思想。这个特别的定义探讨了颂歌在表达作者认为重要的个人情感和思想方面的作用。这一点在《爱犬颂》中表现得很明显，聂鲁达表达了个人对人类和非人类关系的思考。在他的颂歌中，“人与狗”这一短语的反复出现，与陪伴和团聚的词语相结合，向读者强调了他想要在这两个人之间建立一种关系的意图。聂鲁达在他的《犬之颂》(ode to the dog)中，考虑到赋的功能是表达对一个对象的个性化冲动，所以他对这个定义几乎没有改变。另一方面，人们可能会说聂鲁达决定加入狗的视角改变了传统的人类声音。这方面的一个例子，是对“嗅这个世界，分离三叶草”的描述，这意味着狗的行为。动词“嗅探”的意义向读者暗示了聂鲁达试图从一个独特的角度，一个非人类个体的角度，来呈现一首颂歌。围绕着狗的行为和思想的论述为传统的颂歌注入了不同的元素，并认为关注动物改变了颂歌的风格。这说明了叙事性声音对颂歌的影响，以及作者有意识地做出的决定。叙事性的声音是赋的一个关键元素，因为它的传统功能是在演唱或表演时考虑到预期的收信人。聂鲁达通过他对狗的关注和他在标题中的声明来适应这个想法，他的颂歌是针对动物的。因此，他对动物的关注确实改变了赋的视角，但是聂鲁达并没有改变赋的整体功能。
The definition of an ode and what one includes changes throughout centuries, one particular explanation for twentieth century odes is, ‘lyrical poems which, originating in personal impulses, rise to the presentation of general ideas of some gravity.’ This particular definition explores the function of an ode in expressing personal emotion and thought which the author deems important. This is evident in ‘Ode to the Dog’ through Neruda’s expression of personal thought towards human and non-human relationship. Throughout his ode repetition of the phrase, ‘man and dog’ in conjunction with words of companionship and togetherness, highlights to readers his intention to form a relationship between the two individuals. Taking into consideration the function of an ode to express personalized impulse towards a subject, Neruda makes little change to this definition in his ‘Ode to the dog.’ On the other hand, one could argue that Neruda’s decision to include a dog’s perspective alters the traditional human voice. An example of this, is the description of ‘sniffing the world, parting the clover’ which connotes the actions of a dog. The significance of the verb ‘sniffing’ suggests to readers Neruda’s attempt to present an ode that is from a unique perspective, the perspective of a non-human individual. The discourse surrounding a dog’s actions and his thoughts infuses a different element to a tradition ode and argues a focus on animals changes the style of the ode. This illustrates the influence narrative voice can have on an ode and the conscious decisions made by the author. Narrative voice is a key element to an ode because of its traditional function to be sung or performed with an intended addressee in mind. Neruda adapts this idea through his focus on a dog and his declaration in the title that his ode is intend to the animal. Therefore, his focus on an animal does alter the perspective of the ode, however Neruda does not change the overall function of the ode.