Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

Sonnet Xvii - Poem by Pablo Neruda

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
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Comments about Sonnet Xvii by Pablo Neruda

  • Sandra Pasion (8/10/2008 5:51:00 AM)


    makes me want to fall in love over and over again.. (Report) Reply

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  • Original Unknown Girl (11/28/2007 5:37:00 AM)


    I adore this poem, it embodies all there is about deep, deep love.... and how we learn to accept it growing and living in us. Pablo has my heart when he writes like this. Fabulous! HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • daughter of a seafoam (9/15/2007 12:30:00 PM)


    May favorite of favorites... how sad.. yet romantic.. The love that is not tangible yet felt, beautiful.. the way he convey his love in its purest sense, full of hope, and strong...and in a unique love of his own terms, as he says 'I love you because there is no other way than this: where I does not exist, nor you, ' which binds them together. (Report) Reply

  • Kerri Mckeand (1/14/2007 6:21:00 PM)


    neruda is dead, so no poems. the translation of this sonnet is brutal! ! ! it's awful and very unpoetic. stephen mitchell's translation is the best and maintains formal integrity. check that translation if you're interested. (Report) Reply

  • Pearl Lleno (11/13/2006 8:28:00 PM)


    they say this poem was meant for his gay lover..any comment about this? (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo john tiong chunghoo (7/4/2006 7:54:00 AM)


    i now understand all your sad poems. you lost a part of yourself when you lost your love and that's reall painful. having to live all alone to experience the pain. that is even worse. love thsi poem pablo. give us more. (Report) Reply

  • Cory Arocha (10/31/2005 11:27:00 AM)


    I love how deep this poem is. I like how Neruda uses the last stanza to express how their love is, instead of plainly sayin 'we are together as one'. I just really like all of Neruda's work. (Report) Reply

  • Soraya Silva (9/25/2005 4:35:00 PM)


    It truely discribe the kind of love that many people look for... one that in an instant two people become one under the same feeling of love. It makes me look foward to loving someone (Report) Reply

  • Lara W.a (7/13/2005 7:43:00 AM)


    lurve this! reminds me of that love felt between a nightingale & a statue (the happy prince - oscar wilde) (Report) Reply

  • Gabriel Vanmason (2/21/2005 2:03:00 AM)


    Truly, one of the most beautiful poems ever written. This poem encompasses the meaning of true love, and what it should be! (Report) Reply

  • Iga Kulig (1/13/2005 11:45:00 AM)


    that's fully love, with all its shades and beauty, love that is not rosy and sweet but that is true (Report) Reply

  • Lenchen Elf (12/24/2004 7:17:00 PM)


    ...and this is love as I know it, 'because I know no other way': -) (Report) Reply










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