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

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

    Great lines.i like it (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Joscelyn Perez (9/24/2015 8:36:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 370 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 - 4,592 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 - 8,103 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/25/2015 2:07:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 30,477 Points * Sunprincess * (8/22/2015 9:21:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 235 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 - 193 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 - 1,489 Points Dedan Onyango (7/23/2015 12:52:00 AM)

    Love chained by the loved (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 350 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 - 3,945 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 - 4,921 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 - 2,121 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/13/2015 8:04:00 AM) comment (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 170 Points Surajit Banerjee (6/1/2015 11:05:00 AM)

    What an expression of love! Awesome (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 338 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 - 158 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 - 574 Points Zoila T. Flores (5/13/2015 12:14:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite ones. (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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