Pablo Neruda

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

If You Forget Me - Poem by Pablo Neruda

I want you to know
one thing.

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Comments about If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda

  • Rookie Terence George Craddock (7/23/2012 12:25:00 AM)

    So many wonderful exceptional images in this poem. I like how Neruda phrases the decision of 'and you decide to leave me at the shore' emphasizing that it was a decision to leave the lover. Why leave? The reason given was 'If you think it long and mad, / the wind of banners/ that passes through my life'. These 'banners', implied a 'wind' of fame and celebration, which cycles through this life, are an integral part of who he is. This is explained as 'the shore/ of the heart where I have roots'. How can there be love if you do not accept the 'root' of a persons being. Therefore 'the shore' symbolizes this place of leaving.
    The contrast of a destined love 'if each day, / each hour, ' is beautifully intensified with 'you feel that you are destined for me/ with implacable sweetness'. This destined love, like a flower that climbs up to her lips daily to seek him. This flowers into the love that makes her his own. This fire the speaker states, 'in me all that fire is repeated, / in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten, / my love feeds on your love, beloved'. This is 'the fire/ the impalpable ash/ or the wrinkled body of the log', love that defies the ravages of time. The strength of their own individuality contained yet free is brilliantly written as 'and as long as you live it will be in your arms/ without leaving mine.' This is an exquisite poem I return to read always with fresh joy. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie The Reader (7/22/2012 5:07:00 PM)

    But Shakespeare said in a Sonnet:
    Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds...
    ? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Karen Sinclair (7/12/2012 4:03:00 PM)

    happy birthday dear poet...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Karen Sinclair (7/8/2012 9:11:00 AM)

    Quite Possibly the most perfect gathering of shapes on paper that i have ever read. I am not normally romantic but there is just something, perfect, exceptional and yet grounded and honest within these words. I came for culture, i found paradise.....My now most favourite poem ever....... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Nthabiseng Kgoronyane (6/28/2012 11:23:00 AM)

    Wow this is really powerful. Wow (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Ray Schreiber (6/27/2012 1:15:00 PM)

    This is a precious declaration of freedom. Freedom from the fear of causing pain should love's fierce flame smolder and die. It was a pleasure to read and served to validate feelings I have, whose worthiness I have questioned. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joey Scruggs (6/21/2012 7:03:00 PM)

    Excellent-completely covers the emotions I have about new woman I've met (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joey Scruggs (6/21/2012 7:02:00 PM)

    Excellent-completely covers the emotions I have about new woman I've met (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Maureen Furigay (6/19/2012 10:06:00 AM)

    I like it #9 cool nice (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Aditya Gupta (6/8/2012 2:47:00 AM)

    finally found smthng like this, its got a gr8 theme nd a great way of saying it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Silverinna Annastasia (5/21/2012 9:34:00 PM)

    I love it. I am only a beginner poetess, and I admire your talent! My congradulations on this magnificent poem. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,180 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (5/10/2012 3:54:00 AM)

    forgetting is very simple,
    erase that feeling that trembles,
    which makes you to stumble,
    not to remember, to twinkle. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,020 Points Sekharan Pookkat (5/9/2012 8:46:00 AM)

    Each lover wish to say forget me not (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ernest Makuakua (5/4/2012 1:13:00 AM)

    Powerful poem i like it love it straight (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nitesh Sharma (4/16/2012 1:39:00 AM)

    I love this part:

    To leave me at the shore
    of the heart where I have roots,
    that on that day,
    at that hour,
    I shall lift my arms
    and my roots will set off
    to seek another land. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Canelove (4/9/2012 9:55:00 PM)

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  • Rookie Cassandra Hernandez (4/9/2012 2:09:00 PM)

    wow i love this poem....i could see the images like a movie being played out (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ernest Makuakua (4/6/2012 10:38:00 PM)

    Wow great piece im inspired to read such work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Novi Saputri (4/6/2012 3:25:00 PM)

    After all its not about the ideal love or, the idealization of love but the raw human feelings so beautiful, imperfect, and complex. Simplistic in style, delicate with an edge. I love you i need you and i miss you but reassure me. Denials, obsession, needs and longings, theres pride..the declaration of the ability to be independent and to let go. Be there for me, love me and I'll cherish you with my all; but if you dont want me then I shall not need you too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 20 Points Varna Soyakaze (4/5/2012 2:01:00 AM)

    Very good poetic letter for a loved one. (Report) Reply

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