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

  • Martinel Chinanda (5/16/2016 4:44:00 AM)

    wow its an awesome poem (Report) Reply

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  • Ranak Zaman Ranak Zaman (4/25/2016 1:11:00 PM)

    great work. loved it. (Report) Reply

  • Estela Welldon (4/17/2016 10:58:00 AM)

    can we read the [poems in Spanish please (Report) Reply

  • Enoch John Enoch John (4/15/2016 4:07:00 PM)

    a great love.well expressed in movement of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Leonardo Martinez Leonardo Martinez (3/27/2016 11:22:00 PM)

    My heart moves from cold to fire..I'm inspired! (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/6/2016 9:51:00 AM)

    I just can't speak anything about this poem... (Report) Reply

  • Angela Jensen (2/22/2016 7:16:00 PM)

    Very conflicted but love is complicated it captures the matters of the heart. Obviously it was about his true love. Which he wrote with such emotion and truly captured how love and hate are sometimes one in the same. (Report) Reply

  • Sanjana Aiyar (2/17/2016 12:24:00 PM)

    Contradiction is such a powerful tool. Love itself is a contradiction of sorts. This poem in particular I believe, highlights the enigmatic aspect of love.
    This is and will always remain one of my favourites. (Report) Reply

  • Sanjana Aiyar (2/17/2016 12:19:00 PM)

    Contradiction is such a powerful tool. Love itself is a contradiction of sorts. I think this poem in particular brings out the enigmatic aspect of love. This is and will remain one of my favourites (Report) Reply

  • Aabid Masroor Aabid Masroor (2/17/2016 2:44:00 AM)

    This poem makes me to write on last poem for my love..this poem is my fav. Poem..i love it.. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak Bharati Nayak (2/4/2016 1:43:00 AM)

    Oscillating between love and hate, wanting to go away but still can not break free - - these are some of the complex emotions that go with Love.The poem expresses those emotions powerfully.Stunningly beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Enoch John Enoch John (1/19/2016 2:46:00 PM)

    Whew! What love Pablo. (Report) Reply

  • Anamta Ali Pasha Anamta Ali Pasha (1/17/2016 9:23:00 AM)

    Wow..This poemissions juSt superb.......its exellent, , , I have no comments to give...BT it's seriously wonderful....😊😊💛💚💜👍👍👍💗💗💗 (Report) Reply

  • Henry F James (1/12/2016 7:54:00 AM)

    Super! This poem makes you feel the emotion. (Report) Reply

  • Gregory Vest (1/8/2016 5:06:00 PM)

    I also know unrequited love. This poem represents it beautifully. (Report) Reply

  • John Petree (1/6/2016 4:32:00 PM)

    Wow. That was beautiful. I like how he expresses his mixed emotions in a way that really makes you think about what is going on, how he really feels. (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua Ernest Makuakua (12/23/2015 9:27:00 AM)

    hmm yes indeed love sometimes feels like hate its too strong sometimes its so hard to understand, forgiving yet keeping the hurts and they turn to grudges. love the peace
    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 (Report) Reply

  • Shah Surja Shah Surja (11/25/2015 1:39:00 PM)

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

  • Dineshk Pandey Dineshk Pandey (11/17/2015 11:12:00 AM)

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

  • Tony Kavuoti 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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014


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