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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,243 Points Shah Surja (11/25/2015 1:39:00 PM)

    'Because I love you, Love, in fire and
    blood.' (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 157 Points Dineshk Pandey (11/17/2015 11:12:00 AM)

    Like a flame of LOVE! Beautiful! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,694 Points Tony Kavuoti (11/11/2015 6:20:00 PM)

    Very straight from the heart, passion the real. powerful, Naked human vulnerability, makes life so great. sometimes you just don't want to get over your lover. They transformed you so much and so many unexpected ways.Thamk you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,014 Points Melvina Germain (10/14/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    I love reading this poets poetry, always a delight..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ramno kharoud (10/9/2015 7:37:00 AM)

    Great lines.i like it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Joscelyn Perez (9/24/2015 8:36:00 AM)

    what does the title mean to you guys? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 428 Points Adebayo Matthias (9/17/2015 5:57:00 AM)

    Wow! this is a great piece. the lines strikes me passionately (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,382 Points Seema Jayaraman (9/16/2015 3:06:00 AM)

    go from loving to not loving you,
    From waiting to not waiting for you.....In this part of the story I am the one who
    Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love me the shivers at such deep passion (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 243 Points Abhay Shah (9/13/2015 9:16:00 AM)

    Nice interpretation of love...both sides well put! !
    Do read my poem LOVE (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,403 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/25/2015 2:07:00 AM)

    Love sometimes can be misunderstood. Nice write (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,621 Points * Sunprincess * (8/22/2015 9:21:00 AM)

    .....with love passions can run as deep as the oceans ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 282 Points Kayode Are (8/13/2015 3:39:00 PM)

    Expressed a confused state about the object of affection; the loved or the hated, with the apocalyptic ending of lover as victim. Stirring conflicting emotions about message or theme; no resolution, doubt lingers as conveyed vividly in the use of tenses. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 235 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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,497 Points Dedan Onyango (7/23/2015 12:52:00 AM)

    Love chained by the loved (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 359 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 - 46 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 - 4,259 Points Soumita Sarkar (6/22/2015 11:05:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 5,579 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

  • Bronze Star - 2,260 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/13/2015 8:04:00 AM) comment (Report) Reply

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Read poems about / on: january, fire, hate, love, light, heart, change

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014

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