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

  • Naima Ansari (10/1/2016 4:04:00 AM)

    Amazing piece! Perhaps it dwells on my present life. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/28/2016 4:59:00 PM)

    Love, as it is. Love as it feels. Passionate, blind. Unfair, but utterly beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Augustus Mutebesi Billy (8/10/2016 1:14:00 AM)

    this piece has a lot of nicely fitting paradoxes. (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2016 4:32:00 PM)

    good coming from a lover like uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu (Report) Reply

  • Cris Ben (7/15/2016 11:02:00 AM)

    you try to stop love from growing but it just grows persistently. You hate the feeling how love is changing you but you have become blind and not your normal logical self. love grows to the point that it is dangerous already especially to you who has completely consumed by the madness of love. (Report) Reply

  • Poornima  Thapa (7/5/2016 9:29:00 AM)

    love and closely relate..the passion of both co related by Pablo Neruda intensely (Report) Reply

  • (6/13/2016 11:11:00 AM)

    Can very much relate to this one... i love you because I love. Not many do so... (Report) Reply

  • Subbu Prabhu (5/29/2016 2:20:00 AM)

    super, ....poem....nicely written...wondefull (Report) Reply

  • (5/16/2016 4:44:00 AM)

    wow its an awesome poem (Report) Reply

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

    great work. loved it. (Report) Reply

  • (4/17/2016 10:58:00 AM)

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

  • Enoch John (4/15/2016 4:07:00 PM)

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

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

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

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

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

  • (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

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

    Whew! What love Pablo. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014

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