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 Chano Leal (11/18/2012 3:50:00 PM)

    I would rather die still hoping, than to spend my days moping (Report) Reply

    12 person liked.
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  • Rookie Shiela Marie Anunciacion (11/17/2012 5:01:00 AM)

    One of my favorites! ! ! ^_^

    And a very good summary of a person's pride, dignity, self-worth and principle ^_^ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lola Montez (11/12/2012 4:45:00 PM)

    I Remember You
    How do you do (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tracy Bell (10/31/2012 7:45:00 AM)

    Very touching....... that ole devil! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Pckdragon Anonymous (10/20/2012 8:25:00 PM)

    Phil Mc Groin stop being a troll. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 821 Points Matthias Pantaleon (10/19/2012 8:36:00 AM)

    I love this piece. It speaks for the should be straight and truthfull. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Shivani Misra (10/15/2012 5:24:00 AM)

    Terrily awesome :) just as lovely as someone's beloved :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Shivani Misra (10/15/2012 5:22:00 AM)

    Terrily thoughful and touching. Amazing one, truly. :) (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,073 Points Ray Quesada (10/12/2012 12:26:00 PM)

    Ya, this poem can give one chills. not me of course, I'm too hard-shelled for anything like that ;) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Omega Lowars (10/5/2012 4:11:00 PM)

    This is crazy good. Love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alyssa Ellis (10/4/2012 11:19:00 AM)

    i literally almost had a tear form! So wonderfully profound! No words! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points Zachary R (9/21/2012 10:20:00 AM)

    Makes me shiver every time. Love his work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Kefentse Sathekge (8/27/2012 3:02:00 PM)

    it progresses to mind then heart then i smile. wow (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Taryn Bowman (8/22/2012 8:39:00 AM)

    There are so many different types of love, such as in Shakespear's Sonnet CXVI, and this is such a realistic depiction of one kind! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phil Mc Groin (8/19/2012 8:29:00 PM)

    it is so shit and my ass makes better poems than this (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jess Howard (8/16/2012 6:02:00 PM)

    Very powerful, strong hearted with amazing emotion behind it. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

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