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.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014

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  • Silver Star - 3,625 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/29/2015 11:58:00 AM)

    Neruda has always been inscrutable. I loved him first for his association with Che Guevara and the revolutions in Latin America. It was then that I began reading his love poetry, which, I don't claim I understand. But, there is a lot of beauty and burning passion in his love poems. This one is just another example of how he can weave words and emotions and leave the reader in awe. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/12/2015 10:50:00 PM)

    The poem which is a sonnet of 4-4-3-3 originally composed in Spanish and it is better than the translation..this sonnet is about one sided love.. a mental picture..try to hate - start loving, poem has painted by the poet in the way to swoon very nice poem Peace be with him (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Samar Shekhar (11/4/2014 4:04:00 AM)

    its so beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,376 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/11/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    Extremely passionate about love and its different aspects, that's what Neruda is always; life a flame. Reading him in original Spanish is much more enriching though, as some ideas can get lost in translation. Juan Ramon Jimenez and Pablo Neruda can be two of the countless reasons for learning the beautiful language they wrote in. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Fabiana Felipe (10/2/2014 2:38:00 PM)

    I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,092 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/25/2014 9:39:00 AM)

    great poem from the great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points Evy-joy Rendon (5/6/2014 3:22:00 AM)

    but still the love is in your right...wow... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,243 Points Primrose Tee (5/5/2014 5:06:00 AM)

    simply put..i will always love you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 59 Points Brian Jani (4/27/2014 5:04:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out  (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 1:03:00 AM)

    ....a poem with a confusing title...after reading you find the poet is resigned to his fate....he knows
    even though the person isn't perfect....he still loves....a wonderful write... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,631 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:30:00 AM)

    Love complications that color the world (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jon Snow (2/2/2014 2:24:00 AM)

    Very passionate and truthful. He knows he loves her, but only because he is in love with her. He knows her faults and they make him hate her, yet he loves her in the end. Very true. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 428 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/16/2013 9:36:00 AM)

    A strange thing this we call love
    An all encompassing feeling. Wow!
    A roller coaster ride that so begins
    Till you eventually either lose or win....

    Good poem, but a bit taxing on our grey cells (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 866 Points Liliana ~el (10/18/2013 1:03:00 AM)

    Wow intense depth even put simply (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 7,548 Points Geetha Jayakumar (9/18/2013 3:39:00 AM)

    Dear Poet, you have put us all in confusion..This poem clearly indicates your indepth love. But the love which cannot be accepted, in front of all, whatever may be the reason.But you are trying to ignore it from the fact that you love her a lot and your heart is speaking of it. But to convince self you are talking of extreme ends of hatred.
    The last stanza tells you alone are dying in love, it means either the one you love has died or left you or you never ever spoke of love to her at all. She may be unaware of your love.
    I might have read many comments on it, to catch the meaning of this poem..If you have left us some notes, we could have guessed more easily.
    Fantastic poem..loved reading it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cambridge Keenan (8/10/2013 7:57:00 PM)

    I really like this poem, I can feel it's depth...star crossed lovers whose love just cannot be....one is married, the other single.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 36 Points B. Laxmi Priya (7/17/2013 9:21:00 AM)

    One of my all time favourite poems. Why should I love somebody who does not care for me? ? what is the point in wasting oneself away in unrequited love. Love feeds on love, indeed. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 51 Points Oscar Robles (6/3/2013 4:50:00 PM)

    Keep your rude comments to yourself! 3rd one down (Report) Reply

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