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,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way

than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

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Comments about Sonnet Xvii by Pablo Neruda

  • Cristobal obregon (3/8/2020 6:28:00 PM)

    Better love fix than drugs(Report)Reply

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  • Sanjibsaha AniketaSanjibsaha Aniketa (12/24/2019 2:10:00 AM)

    love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way...... true feelings(Report)Reply

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  • cynthia thomas (9/8/2019 1:40:00 AM)

    imagine this, where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. then I awaking to a dream of being alone in my bed again, think about it....(Report)Reply

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  • cynthia thomas (9/8/2019 1:34:00 AM)

    imagine this, where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep. then I awaking to the dream being alone in my bed again, think about it.....(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/11/2019 2:17:00 AM)

    I love you as the plant that never blooms
    but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
    thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
    risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.


    great poem
    great write
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • AkiraA (3/26/2019 4:25:00 AM)

    PG13. I get it. I'll save this poem for some fine leisure, sometimes later.(Report)Reply

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  • Whitley Capulet (2/16/2019 8:04:00 PM)

    It makes me teary-eyed to read it... so beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • Courtney (2/7/2019 5:14:00 PM)

    Would anyone know what year this poem is from?(Report)Reply

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  • Raj Nagar (12/30/2018 9:34:00 AM)

    Brilliant love poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (12/2/2018 10:10:00 AM)

    “ “I love you because I know no other way” “
    What a state-of-the-art love, that is selfless, undemanding, and the poet says, straight forward.
    Only the eternal lover Neruda can write this.(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (5/20/2018 3:17:00 AM)

    excellent loving words-

    I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
    I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.(Report)Reply

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  • Ayoub en-nasri (3/23/2018 7:18:00 AM)

    Real love removes the pain and fear , and restores out true soul back to life .(Report)Reply

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  • Namgyel (1/26/2018 9:46:00 PM)

    No Rhyme. Just prose.(Report)Reply

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  • Rae SeagullRae Seagull (10/7/2017 5:13:00 PM)

    so I love you because I know no other way

    than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
    so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
    so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

    Simply superb. The best(Report)Reply

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  • Hassan HayatiHassan Hayati (7/22/2017 5:27:00 AM)

    I love you since I know no other way(Report)Reply

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  • ken palmer (5/12/2017 12:10:00 AM)

    love your diction so distilled...(Report)Reply

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  • Randall Bennett (8/4/2016 8:39:00 AM)

    Sooo beautiful and passionate... (Report)Reply

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  • Tembela Kulati (7/16/2016 1:51:00 AM)

    lovely, and cuts deep in my heart.. my favourite line is I love you without knowing how, or when or from where....Wow(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/11/2016 1:28:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem.... you have taken the love to a different level, Awesome.(Report)Reply

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  • Anita KhelawanAnita Khelawan (1/13/2016 12:08:00 PM)

    wow.... your poem is amazing.... line for line i enjoyed everyone. thnx for sharing... i am in love with your words.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003