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

  • Bronze Star - 2,335 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

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  • 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

  • Freshman - 532 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/13/2015 8:04:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 114 Points Surajit Banerjee (6/1/2015 11:05:00 AM)

    What an expression of love! Awesome (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 323 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 - 557 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 - 1,382 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 - 7,490 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 - 1,382 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 - 30,216 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/25/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    great poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points Evy-joy Rendon (5/6/2014 3:22:00 AM)

    but still the love is in your right...wow... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,240 Points Primrose Tee (5/5/2014 5:06:00 AM)

    simply put..i will always love you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 178 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 5:04:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 14,678 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 1:03:00 AM)

    ....a poem with a confusing title...after reading you find the poet is resigned to his fate....he knows
    even though the person isn't perfect....he still loves....a wonderful write... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,724 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:30:00 AM)

    Love complications that color the world (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014


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