Reading Jacques Derrida’s essay Che cos’è la poesia? as well as poems by Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas
Hardy, and Tadeusz Kijonka, we want to argue that the animal helps us to redefine the human
subject. When pondering the fuzzy boundary between the human and the non-human, man
interprets himself/herself not as a subject isolated in its sublime aspirations but, rather, as a fragile
connection, delicate relation with what begs for his/her protection and care.