Pablo Neruda

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

Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

Write, for example,'The night is shattered
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Comments about Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines by Pablo Neruda

  • Veteran Poet - 1,516 Points Kinyua Karanja (7/24/2015 6:51:00 AM)

    The poem is an exceptional. But what touched me most is Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer and these the last verses that I write for her (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Lesley Stafford (7/19/2015 11:13:00 AM)

    The translation is by Scots poet Alastair Reid who died in 2014. He has translate much of Neruda. He was a fine poet himself. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ana Romero (7/18/2015 3:00:00 PM)

    (2/2) Another word I often see used in this way is "[el] olvido", which Neruda also employs here. It has a dual meaning of "forgetting" (verb) and "oblivion" (noun), which are not opposing, but rather quite complimentary. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ana Romero (7/18/2015 2:50:00 PM)

    (1/2) An earlier comment asked for a correction from "shattered" to "starry". In fact, both words are correct. The Spanish word used in the original poem is "estrellada", which has a dual meaning of "starry" (from the noun "estrella", meaning star), and shattered (from the verb "estrellar", meaning to smash or crash, or even shatter). Poets and songwriters often use words such as this to convey a dual, often opposing, meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,379 Points Phanice Wamukota (7/9/2015 2:13:00 AM)

    Sometimes she loved you...... yes sometimes we have our doubts about the things and the people we are attached to. Sometimes, yes...sometimes. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,545 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (7/3/2015 4:12:00 AM)

    this is so beautiful that I can only sigh with appreciation (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 287 Points Joen Coronel (5/1/2015 10:58:00 PM)

    This one is one of the greatest poet about love. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,283 Points Josey Alfred (4/3/2015 10:41:00 PM)

    I no longer love her, that's certain, but may be I love her.
    Love is so short, but forgetting is so long. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,635 Points Kenneth Maswabi (2/3/2015 7:44:00 AM)

    An excellent poem with loads of emotions.I love it.Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,268 Points Sandra Feldman (1/14/2015 8:02:00 PM)

    Who did the translation from the Spanish original. It is excellent! Would love to know who the translator is because usually poems do not translate well, especially the added emotion of a tremendous love poem like this one.
    Who ever did this, Congratulations (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,251 Points Piyush Dey (11/6/2014 10:54:00 AM)

    I enjoyed reading this beautiful piece. Though emotional, it sounded so truthful and simple. That's the best thing i liked about it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 86 Points Best Of Istanbul (9/25/2014 8:38:00 AM)

    Don't be shy you can write.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Amarnath Mukhopadhyay (7/25/2013 5:58:00 AM)

    One of the exceptional love poems I've ever read. May kindly arrange for rectification of few printing mistakes e.g. 'voide' and 'inifinite' [in 26th line] and 'sould' [in 30th line] for blemish-less future reading. The replacements would be 'voice', 'infinite' and 'soul' respectively. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Norris (11/6/2012 6:00:00 AM)

    The only poem that has reduced me to tears. Quite amazing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sun Zoo (10/11/2012 1:07:00 PM)

    Also I would like to bring to the admin's attention that there are many mistakes in this version, for example the original says: the night is starry (not shattered) . Could you kindly replace this with the correct version? Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sun Zoo (9/9/2012 5:05:00 PM)

    I generally do not like romantic poetry, but somehow nothing seems to compare to the depth of feeling in Pablo Neruda's verses, even though they are translated (I'm sure it's even better in its original version) . They crawl under your skin and reach your heart, spreading goose bumps all over and move you to tears. This one especially speaks to the heart broken... because really, 'Love is so short, forgetting is so long'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chu Jia Sing (8/2/2012 6:25:00 AM)

    Such beautiful and tragic poem. :) The emptiness and his desperation of forgetting her really tugs at people's heart strings, even after generations. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nevyanna Posh (11/12/2011 2:25:00 PM)

    He's definitely the biggest poet ever. I don't know this is the first poem that made me cry... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bruce Sherratt (5/22/2010 8:59:00 PM)

    First read this poem several decades ago, when I was young.
    It uses 'love' the way we use a line to hang our laundry out to dry.
    It will always be a great poem because, like myths and eternal symbols, it expresses very clearly powerfully and poetically the absolute hopelessness of human life.
    Neruda is like that other great Chilean artist, Matta the painter. Both grab large chunks of reality and serve them up uncompromisingly. (Report) Reply










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