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My Two Favorite Poems of Pablo Neruda

Updated on May 16, 2011

My Two Favorite Poems of Pablo Neruda

Growing up I didnt really appreciate poems, but as time goes by and I become older I became fascinated by it. I was more into moving arts like the cinema. People will be more attracted to visual arts. When I was growing up I was trained to excel more in Math than English or Literature. English is the medium of instruction in my country-The Philippines. In college, I enrolled in one extra subject, Literature 101 and came to appreciate poems. At the same time I also appreciate sayings, quotes etc. When I am not doing anything or sometimes watching TV, my mind would just drift off and I try to think of a poem which inspires me, then I smile. I tried hard to write my own poems at first, when I stopped trying harder, then the words would just flow and I could write poems indeed. You need to be inspired they say. Am I inspired, well most of the times, yes, sometimes no.

Pablo Neruda (1904  1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftal Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature
Pablo Neruda (1904 1973) was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftal Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature


I like to read poems, love, political, about the nature etc. In particular, I like Pablo Neruda (Nobel Prize in Literature 1971). He was born in 1904 in Chile. I love two of his poems. I am a hopeless romantic. I hope you also appreciate them. He has lots of poem collection about love but these two are my favorites.

Clearly the first poem “If you forget me”, is about loyalty and a love which is so strong and it clearly shows that human are self centered. The poem shows a love which is practical. Practical in the sense that if somebody doesn’t love you anymore, you have to move on. The poem shows passion for a person who loves and be loved in return.

The second poem shows the intense and passion of a lover who lost his love, but at the same time, he is putting an end to all of the suffering and pain, realizing he has to move on.

IF YOU FORGET ME

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But
if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.


Saddest Poem

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.

Write, for instance: "The night is full of stars,
and the stars, blue, shiver in the distance."

The night wind whirls in the sky and sings.

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

On nights like this, I held her in my arms.
I kissed her so many times under the infinite sky.

She loved me, sometimes I loved her.
How could I not have loved her large, still eyes?

I can write the saddest poem of all tonight.
To think I don't have her. To feel that I've lost her.

To hear the immense night, more immense without her.
And the poem falls to the soul as dew to grass.

What does it matter that my love couldn't keep her.
The night is full of stars and she is not with me.

That's all. Far away, someone sings. Far away.
My soul is lost without her.

As if to bring her near, my eyes search for her.
My heart searches for her and she is not with me.

The same night that whitens the same trees.
We, we who were, we are the same no longer.

I no longer love her, true, but how much I loved her.
My voice searched the wind to touch her ear.

Someone else's. She will be someone else's. As she once
belonged to my kisses.
Her voice, her light body. Her infinite eyes.

I no longer love her, true, but perhaps I love her.
Love is so short and oblivion so long.

Because on nights like this I held her in my arms,
my soul is lost without her.

Although this may be the last pain she causes me,
and this may be the last poem I write for her.

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    • twoseven profile image

      twoseven 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I just had to comment because these are also my two favorite poems by Neruda!! Just came across this in researching a hub about wedding readings. I really wanted to read If You Forget Me by Neruda, but we ended up having our friends choose their own readings. But it's such an amazing poem.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      6 years ago from US

      Thanks for reading this Prisana, suzette and Hillbilly, that line is lovely isn't. it??

      Take care.

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      Hillbilly Zen 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Thank you, prettydarkhorse, for reminding me of my favorite poem by Pablo Neruda - XVII(I do not love you...), this line in particular "I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul."

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 

      7 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      Inspiration is difficult to come by, but when the muse touches us, we are driven to write and Neruda's muse clearly touched his romantic core.

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nice choice of poems. I like Pablo Neruda very much.

      An enduring love is hard to keep as evidenced by his poems. Keep writing! You write very well.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      7 years ago from US

      Nice one, Annabel Lee is great too. I am so glad you are a fan of poetry as well. Thank you Ralph, Maita

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      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice job on this hub about one of my favorite poets. The correct name for "Saddest Poem" is "Poem XX" from "Twenty Love Poems." It's my favorite poem by Neruda. I translated it to English many years ago. It ranks with the very best romantic poems. Another favorite is Poe's "Anabel Lee."

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      nursegrace 

      7 years ago

      I loved the first poem. It's almost like a love letter. I studied the poetry of Pablo Neruda in my undergrad studies. We read them all in Spanish, for I was a Spanish major. Very nice article! :)

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks PD, I always appreciate you dropping by, Namaste, Maita

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      Rob Welsh 

      8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Thank you Maita

      for just the small amount of time of total focus; it's true....

      On the power of your words and then his words too... Nice hub thank you for a poem I also really like. Take care. Namaste.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks, Maita

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      gulnazahmad 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      I really enjoyed reading this hub thanks for sharing it.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      bonny, miss ya friend, take care ok, PRAYERS and HUGS, keep your strong self, Maita

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      bonetta hartig 

      8 years ago from outback queensland

      damn pretty if I keep reading your hubs I run the big risk of turning into a romantic - this coming from a girl who didn't want to kiss her husband at the alter cause my brothers and family were watching - nah seriously they are great and that coming from the most unromantic person in the world. Anyway sorry I haven't been around for awhile, had aspot of bother with cancer, but think I will live for another 500 years, hopefully without the wrinkles - see ya.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Oh thank you, are you hitting on me? good, just dont hit me with apple, just kidding, Maita

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      Piniks 

      8 years ago

      Hi pretty!

      (I still say it sounds like I'm hitting on you!)

      I recognize this guy! I used to teach poetry and I used some of his stuff in my class!

      Cool

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Zac, Maita

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      Zac828 

      8 years ago from England

      I love Neruda, and these are great, hearfelt, beautiful poems. Thanks for sharing them.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Tony, I like Neruda very much, powerful poet, thank you, Maita

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I really enjoyed this Hub, Maita! You have done very well here. I also loved "Il Postino" very much and love Nerouda's poetry. I have two small volumes of his poems in my collection (in English translation as I unfortunately cannot read Spanish).

      Thanks for sharing

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Vladimir, Thank you! maita

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I appreciate poems and you love for them.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Sam, gracias Senor!

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      SamAntone 

      8 years ago

      . . . . por nada

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks Sam for the read, i love the poem and Pablo Neruda, Gracias, Maita

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      SamAntone 

      8 years ago

      Hi, prettydarkhorse. I saw the hub and became very interested, because I have his "Saddest Poem" in Spanish.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Sherbet, nice of you to drop by, I appreciate it and I am glad yopu like Neruda, These are my favorite poem of his, am number one of the man, Thanks, Maita

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      Sherbet Penny 

      8 years ago from Galway, Ireland.

      Hi Prettydarkhorse,I have studied Neruda intensely and written many essays on the man, the poetry is unbelievable, and it's refreshing to read a hub, well written about the man, and also that some-one's writing can effect and change another's mind and draw them closer to the world of poetry. You have chosen to great poems, thank you for sharing, Stephen.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      I will search for Ungaretti, thanks for telling me, night, Maita

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you Maita for posting this.

      I like Neruda's intensity, but I have to say there are other modern poets I like much more (Ungaretti, Prevert)

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks Invictus for your insight and I do agree with you. Neruda is my favorite poet, Maita

    • I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s profile image

      I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 

      8 years ago

      Neruda is so unique in his voice.

      "If you forget me" speaks to me of how it takes both to keep feeding love to survive. Shall one falter than love can die as a flower not being tended to.

      Lovely poems, thanks for posting them here.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks Teresa for reading this hub, maita

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I always love to read Neruda. Never will get tired of all his pieces. Thank you for sharing this.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      yes, I saw it Donna, and I love it, thanks for the read, and I am glad you like him too, Maita

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      donna bamford 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Maita, thank you for posting these. Neruda is one pf my favourite poets if not my favourite. It's so powerful and yet the imagery so simple. Did you ever see the movie Il Postino (the Postman) It is about Neruda and a postman he meets during his exile in Italy. See it! You'll love it!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi poet, thanks for the read, and ye she is very popular, Maita

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      poetlorraine 

      8 years ago

      he is certainly popular, and i like what i have read, must read more

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks Micky Dee for reading this one, Maita

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for for posting these.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi 2uesday, thanks for dropping by and reading this hub.

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      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      thank you for the chance to read these interesting poems

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi Larry thanks for your comments. Ill try Benton...

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      maven101 

      8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Interesting style of prose...obviously, English as a second language...the translation leaves something to be desired..but then, something is always lost in translation...You will probably enjoy Walter Benton...his intense, sensual, and tragic prose stills the heart and inspires the soul...Thanks for this interesting look at a poet unfamiliar to me...Larry

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