Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

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

  • Sagnik Das (5/23/2017 1:01:00 PM)


    i am in love with this poemmm (Report) Reply

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  • (5/20/2017 4:58:00 PM)


    Just beautiful it is like being in love with an impossible love and you just want to stop loving him. (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2017 4:38:00 AM)


    Pablo we all know is a POET LAURETTE
    HOW I wish he took some time off
    to read me
    can I not be one like him?
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/14/2017 3:27:00 PM)


    I like the whole paradox of love presented by the poem. The poem shows natural desire and the need to express it. (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua (5/5/2017 9:51:00 AM)


    powerful poem I like it (Report) Reply

  • Bouhali Saif (5/5/2017 5:08:00 AM)


    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.
    so lovely good words :) thanks
    (Report) Reply

  • Cheryl Tutaan (5/2/2017 10:01:00 AM)


    Awe...I do loved this poem so much... (Report) Reply

  • Hemeng Theral (4/30/2017 4:20:00 AM)


    After reading it i could not help crying...I am a senior high school Chinese girl and several days ago I expressed my love to my classmate, a girl.To my surprise she accepted, but I..would always be depressed because I love her deeper than she love me, I know, it is true, unavoidable...but..Really sad..disappointed..I like this poem, really (Report) Reply

  • (4/23/2017 10:54:00 PM)


    this poem has a deep meaning to me because i am going through exactly the same thought process. love and loosing a love can be devastating , and no one should or can understand the meaning or critisize unless and until they have experienced the pain. richard lavelle (Report) Reply

    The Poet Poet (5/17/2017 4:50:00 AM)

    There s no permanency in life what say you of love Cancerians are born effeminate women like and kind they love and expect in return more but life long remain unsure were they so loved He was a maestro loving husband read one of his poems where in he expresses himself so beautifully IF YOU LOVE me less I will also slowly love you less and lesser So in life the saddest part of life falls on Cancerians DIANA was such a one Pablo another and after Julius Caesar they named a new month all together JULY he was born in a ten calendar month as Libra 8th month but could not become an Emperor and Brutus his best friend did slaughter after him was named AUGUST
    Time does tell but memory is so short lived what can I say in such a small passage of time I can't have my way

  • (4/19/2017 9:35:00 AM)


    Nice write up but not to my mind catching (Report) Reply

  • Mj Khalid (4/17/2017 7:47:00 AM)


    great! the best of thoughts (Report) Reply

  • Papa Anne (4/12/2017 6:15:00 PM)


    kinda good but you should make more metaphors and make it rhyme
    but don't make It to cheesy.
    (Report) Reply

    Richard Lavelle (4/23/2017 11:02:00 PM)

    cheesy!

  • Baharak Barzin (4/10/2017 3:28:00 PM)


    Complicated to get the concept (Report) Reply

  • Kaldorei Night (4/9/2017 2:15:00 PM)


    I'm sorry but I have to agree this cant be the number 1 love poem.... I've written bettter poems in my sleep.lol (Report) Reply

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/6/2017 6:57:00 AM)


    this is the best in such a special way (Report) Reply

  • Red Eye Crow (3/29/2017 10:18:00 PM)


    This is the number 1 love poem? You've got to be kidding me. Crap! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (3/23/2017 6:41:00 PM)


    Just one word – UNBELIEVABLE! ! ! The reaction I got just days after you cast the Ex back Spell Dr Obodo was incredible.E-mail Doc at templeofanswer@hotmail.co.uk or call +2348155425481 Nina from Picton, NSW, Canada (Report) Reply

  • (3/21/2017 2:06:00 AM)


    I feel it. All those words. Pablo Neruda. (Report) Reply

  • Jeanette Telusma (3/19/2017 6:58:00 PM)


    Wow.. it's beautiful how this poem twist and turn... all about love. (Report) Reply

  • Vinayak Kabir (3/18/2017 3:58:00 AM)


    I like this poem too much...I also love this poem very much..it is so lovely poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014


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