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The Epitome of Beauty: Pablo Neruda

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful, expressive and profound sonnets I have come across, by the great Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973):

I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You

I do not love you except because I love you;
I go from loving to not loving you,
From waiting to not waiting for you
My heart moves from cold to fire.

I love you only because it’s you the one I love;
I hate you deeply, and hating you
Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you
Is that I do not see you but love you blindly.

Maybe January light will consume
My heart with its cruel
Ray, stealing my key to true calm.

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood.

No te quiero sino porque te quiero
y de quererte a no quererte llego
y de esperarte cuando no te espero
pasa mi corazón del frío al fuego.

Te quiero sólo porque a ti te quiero,
te odio sin fin, y odiándote te ruego,
y la medida de mi amor viajero
es no verte y amarte como un ciego.

Tal vez consumirá la luz de enero,
su rayo cruel, mi corazón entero,
robándome la llave del sosiego.

En esta historia sólo yo me muero
y moriré de amor porque te quiero,
porque te quiero, amor, a sangre y fuego.

I will freely admit that I have rarely been tempted by poetry, favouring the mythical prose of Tolkien and the sumptuous narrative of Tolstoy to the seemingly prosaic works of verse.

But the above sonnet could quite possibly revolutionize my view of poetry.

Or, at least, has commenced a life-long love affair with the works of Neruda.

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This entry was posted on September 1, 2009 by in Americas, Frivolities & Miscellaeny, Layla, note-to-self and tagged , , , .
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