Saturday, November 05, 2005

From – Twenty Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda


From – Twenty Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda

I can write the saddest lines tonight.

Write for example: ‘The night is fractured
and they shiver, blue, those stars, in the distance’

The night wind turns in the sky and sings.
I can write the saddest lines tonight.
I loved her, sometimes she loved me too.

On nights like these I held her in my arms.
I kissed her greatly under the infinite sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.
How could I not have loved her huge, still eyes.

I can write the saddest lines tonight.
To think I don’t have her, to feel I have lost her.

Hear the vast night, vaster without her.
Lines fall on the soul like dew on the grass.


What does it matter that I couldn’t keep her.
The night is fractured and she is not with me.

That is all. Someone sings far off. Far off,
my soul is not content to have lost her.

As though to reach her, my sight looks for her.
My heart looks for her: she is not with me


The same night whitens, in the same branches.
We, from that time, we are not the same.

I don’t love her, that’s certain, but how I loved her.
My voice tried to find the breeze to reach her.

Another’s kisses on her, like my kisses.
Her voice, her bright body, infinite eyes.

I don’t love her, that’s certain, but perhaps I love her.
Love is brief: forgetting lasts so long.

Since, on these nights, I held her in my arms,
my soul is not content to have lost her.

Though this is the last pain she will make me suffer,
and these are the last lines I will write for her.

This poem is about getting over a lost love. One can't help but feel sympathetic to the speaker and how he is trying to get over this girl. The speaker describes his loneliness, and the pain of imagining someone else with his girl. His difficulty getting over her is shown by the line, "I don't love her, that's certain, but perhaps I love her." I can totally relate to how he is trying to convince himself that he doesn't care anymore but it's obvious that he can't help that he still has feelings for her. His last two lines really stick out and provide a powerful finish to the poem. He basically declares that this poem will be the last time he puts in thought to think about her. The last two lines also rhyme. The poem is written in unrhymed couplets, which is possibly to symbolize the couple he and his ex-girlfriend once were. So many of these lines are so touching and make you feel really bad for the speaker, like "I loved her, sometimes she loved me too,", and "
I can write the saddest lines tonight.To think I don’t have her, to feel I have lost her."

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