Pablo Neruda

(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973 / Parral)

‘carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’ - Poem by Pablo Neruda

Carnal apple, Woman filled, burning moon,
dark smell of seaweed, crush of mud and light,
what secret knowledge is clasped between your pillars?
What primal night does Man touch with his senses?
Ay, Love is a journey through waters and stars,
through suffocating air, sharp tempests of grain:
Love is a war of lightning,
and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,
slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.


Comments about ‘carnal Apple, Woman Filled, Burning Moon,’ by Pablo Neruda

  • (11/24/2018 10:32:00 AM)

    Love is a war of lightning,
    and two bodies ruined by a single sweetness.
    Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,

    What other words can express love better than this!
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  • (10/7/2018 11:20:00 PM)

    And the first line,
    “Carnal Apple, woman filled, Burning Moon”....
    Burning moon! Moon is always attached to sexuality and woman’s form... By using the adjective “burning”, does he not allude to the female sexuality too?
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  • (10/7/2018 11:17:00 PM)

    A very Nerudian poem. Ascribing sensuality to the body of a woman.. the phrase ‘carnal apple’ stands for the female body and sensual pleasure man attaches to it. At the same time apple refers to the ‘original sin’. Not word goes waste in the poem. Though highly sensual, the poem never entertains obscenity. Wonderful write. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/18/2016 1:00:00 PM)

    Awsome one :) (Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/24/2015 2:54:00 AM)

    This poem by Pablo Neruda is filled with much sensual imagery that beautifully paints the image of a woman without sounding obscene, as expected from him. With the very first phrase “carnal apple”, Neruda sets the mood for the rest of the poem. The “apple”―alluding to the forbidden fruit of good and evil in the Garden of Eden―that is “carnal” suggests the speaker is describing his audience (the woman) as a tempting, bodily pleasure, and this idea is continued throughout the rest of the poem.
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  • Kevin Patrick (11/25/2014 10:56:00 PM)

    The mans words translate into the sensuality of an artistic orgasm, people with high moral value may not like this, but for those who value truth and beauty this is great stuff/ (Report)Reply

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  • Gigi Levin (9/12/2014 12:35:00 PM)

    Nihoulu, shut the heck up. Nobody wants to read that kind of filth about poetry. You need to get a life. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/7/2014 4:07:00 AM)

    Love the subtle sexuality of this particular poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/27/2014 11:40:00 AM)

    A message about carnality
    Very enlightening
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  • Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

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  • Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

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  • Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

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  • Brian Jani (4/27/2014 2:14:00 AM)

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

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  • Patricia Grantham (4/10/2014 6:57:00 AM)

    Such a passionate write. Full of love and sweetness.
    Every word dripping with honey. Your way with words
    is excellent. Touche.
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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/26/2014 3:15:00 AM)

    Natural love though a lust but the moment wow..be nothing but light in the dark. A lightening into the heart through the darkness (privacy) of dark lovely Loved him my ...Pablo Neruda (Report)Reply

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  • Usha Ramani (3/7/2014 3:04:00 AM)

    Riveting words! ! So intense! (Report)Reply

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  • Joan Balmania (10/24/2013 11:40:00 PM)

    Very sensual yet very artistic. Neruda really has a control over abstract and imagery. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/17/2013 9:25:00 AM)

    An absolutely original composition. Sensuous to the very core. And unforgettable imagery. (Report)Reply

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  • Hsiaoshuang Chin (11/21/2012 9:41:00 AM)

    A woman's body during lovemaking will never look the same again after reading this poem! (Report)Reply

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  • (10/30/2012 10:14:00 PM)

    I really like this poem in it's simplistic approach but yet elitism way he writes. I find a simple choice of subject so delightful in his approach to to address this subject. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 22, 2010

Poem Edited: Sunday, June 19, 2011


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