Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral / Chile)

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You - Poem by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it's you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.


Comments about I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You by Pablo Neruda

  • Rookie - 193 Points Barbara Clafton (7/31/2015 7:31:00 PM)

    I do not love you except because I love you.beautifully simple poem that describes how we truly feel when in lovecxx (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,411 Points Dedan Onyango (7/23/2015 12:52:00 AM)

    Love chained by the loved (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 341 Points Madhumitha Murali (7/22/2015 11:58:00 AM)

    Passionate poetry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Lahari Mahalanabish (7/15/2015 8:46:00 AM)

    He had put into words the experience of a tormenting and turbulent kind of love which often do not lead anywhere, a phrase most of us go through at least once in our lifetime but we cannot express it the way he did. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Gabriel Romero (7/12/2015 3:18:00 AM)

    This poem is about someone who is stuck in a relationship with someone they don't really love or, rather, they forgot why they loved them in the first place. In relationships, saying I love you, often becomes more of a habit or an obligation than a genuine sentiment, and I think Neruda captures that feeling in this poem. When Neruda says, I do not love you except because I love you, he isn't meaning what poets often mean when they say I love you just because I love you. In this poem, Neruda intends the line as I do not love you (in the sense of real love, really, passionately feeling love for someone) , except because I love you (in that love is what we're calling what the two of us share.) (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,291 Points Soumita Sarkar (6/22/2015 11:05:00 PM)

    Just awesome...reflecting the changing nature of love.....the faith that wavers.....again strengthens.....you plan to talk..but then feel anger growing...n abort the thought...to talk..... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,852 Points John Richter (6/22/2015 12:31:00 PM)

    Interesting for sure. And I've only read a few of Pablo's poems, so that's my reference point, but still I can not see why so many people think he is a great poet. I understand and agree with what Kundai says below. It certainly does represent the rainbow of emotion we humans experience in relationships. Perhaps I should have followed the lead by Phanice and Azad displayed in obvious fear of saying the obvious. But I won't. The king is naked and I see it that way. I simply can't pretend to think something is spectacular just because others purport to..... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/13/2015 8:04:00 AM)

    ...............................................no comment (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 153 Points Surajit Banerjee (6/1/2015 11:05:00 AM)

    What an expression of love! Awesome (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 338 Points Kundai Courtney Gomo (5/28/2015 8:55:00 AM)

    It depicts the scattering emotions that come with love, where love meets hate and jealousy and a million other conflicting emotions bound together by the simple complexities on one, love. Just amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 154 Points Michael Gale (5/17/2015 1:02:00 AM)

    Good poem, for assuredly read by many others, out there in reader land! :) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 558 Points Zoila T. Flores (5/13/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite ones. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Azad Bongobasi (4/16/2015 1:54:00 AM)

    well (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,385 Points Rakhi Jayashankar (4/8/2015 8:42:00 AM)

    his talent is unimaginable
    in 70s he was able to set a new trend
    poems need not necessarily use huge vocabulary to convey the thought
    simplicity itself gave music to his poetry (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,132 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/29/2015 11:58:00 AM)

    Neruda has always been inscrutable. I loved him first for his association with Che Guevara and the revolutions in Latin America. It was then that I began reading his love poetry, which, I don't claim I understand. But, there is a lot of beauty and burning passion in his love poems. This one is just another example of how he can weave words and emotions and leave the reader in awe. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/12/2015 10:50:00 PM)

    The poem which is a sonnet of 4-4-3-3 originally composed in Spanish and it is better than the translation..this sonnet is about one sided love.. a mental picture..try to hate - start loving, poem has painted by the poet in the way to swoon very nice poem Peace be with him (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,385 Points Rakhi Jayashankar (4/8/2015 8:38:00 AM)

    thank you for sharing your. valuable information about poetry

  • Rookie - 26 Points Samar Shekhar (11/4/2014 4:04:00 AM)

    its so beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,428 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/11/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    Extremely passionate about love and its different aspects, that's what Neruda is always; life a flame. Reading him in original Spanish is much more enriching though, as some ideas can get lost in translation. Juan Ramon Jimenez and Pablo Neruda can be two of the countless reasons for learning the beautiful language they wrote in. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Fabiana Felipe (10/2/2014 2:38:00 PM)

    I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,859 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/25/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    great poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014


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