Pablo Neruda

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

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If You Forget Me


I want you to know
one thing.

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  • David Jaros (5/12/2013 12:05:00 PM)

    I love this poem. It might seem like a bitter, prideful love, but love needs love to endure. (Report) Reply

  • Salma Laskar (5/10/2013 1:18:00 AM)

    When two people are in love, the flowing emotions is just the reflection for each other. :) (Report) Reply

  • Danny Gallegos (4/22/2013 11:48:00 AM)

    Neruda has a unique way to put words together. Throughout the poem one can see that love is more than a four letter word. It is the abiity to let go of the loved one and give it its freedom. I personally enjoy the transition between stanzas. To see he is willing to forget if forgotten, and to see he is willing to love if loved couldn't have ben better displayed then the manner on which Neruda did so within the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jackie Osae (4/10/2013 3:09:00 PM)

    It simply means that loving me back is the food my love needs to grow...to survive and if I don't get that love in return, mine will eventually die. (Report) Reply

  • Ruben Rivera (4/8/2013 6:09:00 PM)

    Continued from my last comment: In fact, that Neruda says things like, [everything carries me to you], and [My love feeds on your love], tells me that he is admitting his dependence on her. Thus if she stops loving him and forgets him, his love will likewise diminish. (Report) Reply

  • Ruben Rivera (4/8/2013 3:50:00 PM)

    I cannot be sure without talking to Neruda, and of course that is now impossible since he is dead now these 40 years. But as I reread this poem it occurs to me that it is not so much selfish: hey, stop loving me, and I'll just stop loving you. Easy as pie. No, this love he talks about is too expansive (everything carries me to you / as if everything that exists...) to drop so easily as if costing nothing. Instead, I think this is a poem about how love cannot exist of itself. Love needs love (My love feeds on your love, he says) . If one stops loving you, it is not a law that you will stop loving them back, but they should not be surprised if they too are forgotten and replaced with another love. This poem tells me that it is very possible to lose the love of my love when I stop loving. This poem tells me to be careful. (Report) Reply

  • Keith Crawford (4/5/2013 10:19:00 PM)

    Unrequited love is love never the less. Leaving another free to make her own choice has no bearing on the love he has for her. (Report) Reply

  • N J (4/4/2013 9:09:00 AM)

    all i see in this poem is a cynic who loves only for the sake of getting loved in return.
    if his lovers love for him diminishes he mercilessly abandons her.
    what an horribly self-centered person he is.
    he shouldn't be given the right to love anyone.
    he is a disgrace for all the pure hearted lovers in this world. (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath (2/27/2013 8:47:00 AM)

    Poets can peep into the heart of anyone, if there's love or lost love, so is his expression on love. (Report) Reply

  • Jahan Zeb (1/20/2013 6:40:00 AM)

    If suddenly
    you forget me
    do not look for me,
    for I shall already have forgotten you.

    This is surely his faith and confidence in his love. She can not forget her because he thinks hen't be forgotten until he has love for him. That is how it goes I think.
    A lovely one (Report) Reply

  • Deb C (1/13/2013 6:47:00 AM)

    In my humble opinion, he's protecting himself. If his love were to desert him, he would refuse to pine after her. Pride. It's not that he wouldn't be heartbroken, he'd just refuse to show it. He'd move on; his ''roots will set off to seek another land''. He's not being shallow and his attitude isn't 'I'll love you so long as you love me'- it's I'll love you so long as you'll allow me to, but if you should choose to leave me and all we have, don't expect me to wait for you, forever washed up on the shore. For he has a life to live too. A life he'd happily spend cherishing his love, so long as the feeling is mutual. If not, he'd accept it let her live her life as well as moving on to live his own. Broken-hearted, perhaps, but his pride and dignity will triumph. (Report) Reply

  • Ana Lovric (1/3/2013 8:05:00 PM)

    For you, Jadrane. I would have loved you with implacable fire, for all of our grumpy and long lives, if you just stayed.
    But here I am, alone at the shore of the heart where I have roots. And there is nothing else for me to do than to move on...
    Ana (Report) Reply

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