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If You Forget Me Analysis



Author: poem of Pablo Neruda Type: poem Views: 11


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.

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I think this message is about the death of a loved one. They are there loving you as long as you remember them and love them in your mind, in your memories, but they slip away as you slowly move on in time.

| Posted on 2013-03-23 | by a guest


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This is a beautiful poem, whether it be about a country or a person. My favorite part is the second to last stanza. I interpreted it as the person Neruda is writing about is letting the \"wind of banners\" in his (Neruda\'s) life get in the way of the roots of the relationship. Maybe in making up their mind, Neruda is explaining that he cannot wait for her to make up her mind about the relationship, and they need to let Neruda\'s roots \"seek a new land\". However the poem ends with hope, as if the two really were meant to be together, though it can be painfully blunt in the stanzas before. This poem has touched on many feelings, similar to what one would feel about a person who had broken up with them but not over. It seems like a warning almost, that if she doesn\'t accept Neruda he will be gone, looking for new isles to put his roots

| Posted on 2012-08-11 | by a guest


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This is a beautiful poem, whether it be about a country or a person. My favorite part is the second to last stanza. I interpreted it as the person Neruda is writing about is letting the \"wind of banners\" in his (Neruda\'s) life get in the way of the roots of the relationship. Maybe in making up their mind, Neruda is explaining that he cannot wait for her to make up her mind about the relationship, and they need to let Neruda\'s roots \"seek a new land\". However the poem ends with hope, as if the two really were meant to be together, though it can be painfully blunt in the stanzas before. This poem has touched on many feelings, similar to what one would feel about a person who had broken up with them but not over. It seems like a warning almost, that if she doesn\'t accept Neruda he will be gone, looking for new isles to put his roots

| Posted on 2012-08-11 | by a guest


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This poem, remarkably beautiful and passionate, is certainly (only can be) about a woman.
Here, Neruda expresses his great (but not unconditional) love.
After all, at same time he\'s declaring his love, he warns, in a self-centered way (and showing a lack of confidence), that he shall \"pay in kind\" any weakness or failure of his lover.
Mastering geniously the words, he\'s also a master in psychology.
Jim Madeira

| Posted on 2012-08-03 | by a guest


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The poem is about the pain of separation, whether that is related to a person or country. There is an edge of pride to the sentiment that says if you don\'t want me then I won\'t either-noble and brave. A great poem-theraputic.

| Posted on 2012-05-26 | by a guest


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I think that his poems can be applied to everything. This poem talks about love and friendship. If someone does not love you, then its time to move on but if they do love you then we should hold on to them forever. That is the same with friends, if one of them is the only one putting effort for the friendship but the other inst doing anything then we should lift our arms and our roots will set off to seek another land. A land in which we are appreciated and loved, and we should hold on to those people forever.

| Posted on 2012-04-16 | by a guest


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the poem is universal in thought. It could be about Matilde or his motherland: Chile. Even if it\'s confusing to it\'s readers, there\'s still one similarity that we can find here: Love. Imagine, if you love someone so dearly, but that someone, has somehow forgotten you. It creates a feeling of anger and revenge because she cannot reciprocate the love that u bestowed upon her, it\'s like you want to payback. So in order to move on, you do the same thing that she does. But the ironic part of the poem is that he WANTS to payback. but HE CAN\'T. He expresses his anger in the poem, but the truth is he still LOVE HER, and he cannot move on.

| Posted on 2012-03-28 | by a guest


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This poem is a thing you give a woman when your breakup begins to scab over and heal; not because you really want her back but rather because she may be the only balm in Gilead. At least that\'s what it was for me...in this moment. It has an \"f. U.\" quality while being as sweet as a rose. Neruda...genius in any language.

| Posted on 2012-03-03 | by a guest


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To me, this is not about a woman or a country. It is about the risk, the terror of making oneself available to love and be loved, which by nature makes you vulnerable to incredible hurt and pain. This is his manifesto in the face of such terror, and he does it with authenticity, vulnerability and authority.

| Posted on 2011-08-19 | by a guest


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His \"land\" and his \"roots\" are both metaphorical terms in the context, not necessarly references to his land, roots or exile from Chile. Poetry is about one\'s perception and perspective which can be very particular, so if you think it\'s about his roots, fine or about his love is either ok. Reading a poetry is all about the reader rather than about the author. I love Neruda and agree with the statement that says that his poetry embraces the reader as no other writing can.

| Posted on 2011-07-10 | by a guest


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this is a man giving everything for his love but understanding that he requires the same in return.... he simply cant take it no other way. when u are in love u can only go so far with the one you love doesn\'t feel the same way.... to my Neruda is telling her, i will love you exactly the same way you love me, not an inch but the same... and if you decide to forget, i will also do the same because there is no point on loving someone that doesnt love you the same... and we all know this yet we are in denial and continue....

| Posted on 2011-06-21 | by a guest


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It is about his love for both his woman and his country. They are one in the same--Matilde and Chile.

| Posted on 2011-03-31 | by a guest


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The poem is about a woman he loved. Who left him. Now he\'s upset and hes talking about how slow his life is moving,and how much he loves her.And that if she forgets him she should know he still does and will love her.

| Posted on 2011-03-09 | by a guest


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Even the greatest poets do not understand the impact and power of their words or their true meaning. Yes, it could be about exile, anxiety about turmoil in a love affair and other valid comparisons. The important thing to remember is that there is an incripted universality to his poetry that embraces the reader as no other writing can.- D.Primato

| Posted on 2010-08-02 | by a guest


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This poem is about love for someone or his homeland or love for someone in his homeland. He is saying that they are separated because of complications. So if she forgets him he will do the same but if she shows any sign that she loves him he will love her just as much as he did before.

| Posted on 2010-07-08 | by a guest


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in my opinion this is a mans PRIDE.
maybe the speaker did everything for the girl.
that when the girl the pride of a man that the girl
will come back/doesnt care is she did not come back.
by:mrkamatis

| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest


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I think the poem could be considered to be about love between people or the author and his homeland it all depends of the way you take the metephorical phrases
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| Posted on 2010-05-14 | by a guest


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The poem is not about his love for a woman, but its about his exile from Chile, If you forget me is about his love for his homeland...his roots...her aisles that wait for him...he will seek another land. Pablo Neruda is saying, is that no matter where he is his love for his county and the power of his words sill sustain forever as long as he is not forgotten and his homeland remembers. But if little by little you stop loving me his word, his exile, would have been pointless.

| Posted on 2010-05-05 | by a guest


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Nerudas poem is truly heartbreaking..it makes me ache when i read it. I think its about someone, man or woman trying to let go of the person they love.

| Posted on 2010-04-14 | by a guest


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in my opinion this poem is about a person who isnt really sure how they feels and so they are just going to go along with how the other person feels. its alomost like the speaker cant make up thier mind so they are turning to the other to follow in their foot steps. saying that if the otehr person is ready to take the leap or step then so are they. but i alao get a sense of what ever from this poem only because the speaker isnt trying to take any big moves of his own to make the relationship work. its almost like the speaker doeant care. but then again this is only my opinion

| Posted on 2010-04-13 | by a guest


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Poet is a pretty cool guy, eh writes stupid poems and doesent afraid of anythin

| Posted on 2010-03-07 | by a guest


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I agree with the 12/17/09 post-it is (mainly) about his homeland...his roots...her aisles that wait for him...he will seek another land.
But it can be read to be speaking about love and commitment, and that it must be given in order to receive it.
If it were solely about a woman, it would be a sad love poem-demanding and conditional-what love should never be.

| Posted on 2010-01-19 | by a guest


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The poet talks of true love. Most likely love between two people that are separated. This is the love of soulmates, a connecting unlike any other, in which he feels what she feels" my love feeds on your love beloved"; but with such a connection comes fear, the fear that this isn't real, maybe it's too good to be true. With this kind of love comes a real fear of loss and separation, that you'll ruin it or that the other person will run away. And since they are separated, maybe they can't be together as they wish and it soothes her pain as his to forget or to try to. This is the kind of love that maybe for them wanting to let go because of the ache, but not being able to. The constant ache of distance and longing. He is intuned with her very heart and knows as long as she loves him, he will always love her, because that is the nature of soul mate love.

| Posted on 2010-01-05 | by a guest


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This poem is not about lovers!!! If you know anything about Pablo Neruda, then you would know that it's about his exile from Chile.

| Posted on 2009-12-17 | by a guest


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I absolutely love this poem. It could have many deep meanings, but my thoughts were that this man is so in love with this woman but he is afraid of getting hurt. So if she stops loving him, he is going to do the same to not get hurt. And so on.

| Posted on 2009-12-15 | by a guest


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This poem is a song to love and separation. It is laughing and crying in the same time. Love is powerful that makes you feel victorious or destoyed. Love is forgiveness,is sacrifice,is happiness,is sadness,is hope,is kiss the wind with your thoughts.
xoxo ^^*

| Posted on 2009-11-17 | by a guest


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I think this is about two lovers and that the man isn't really commited as if he doesn't care and it's like he's saying if you leave me that's fine with me.
like he's trying to say that i won't be comming behind you... or it could be that he really respects her wishes and doesn't want to pull her to two sides and wants her to be happy with or without him.
I think it's a lovely poem. It has such a deep meaning which you can't get by just reading it over once.

| Posted on 2009-11-14 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about a man who truly loves a woman, but at the same time also respects her wishes. Hence he says that if the woman forgets him, he will move on. However I wish he said that he would prove his love for her and never let her forget him.

| Posted on 2009-11-13 | by a guest


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"the best artists always have he last words"
~Pablo Neruda

| Posted on 2009-10-23 | by a guest


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i think that this poem is about lovers who are really not committed to each other. in my opinion, if you are really committed you will not forget each other when tough times comes.

| Posted on 2009-09-14 | by a guest


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In my opinion, this poem is about to lovers. One says to the other. "I love you with all my heart, and i will always be drawn twords you if you love me. But if you stop loving me, i will move on. But if you come back, and never give up, My love for you will return, the same as it had been."

| Posted on 2009-05-26 | by a guest


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i really love this poem after i saw it on the journal of one of a good host in television.
all i wanna say is that.. love really hurts people...
we expect love in return and it just ruins everything

| Posted on 2009-05-20 | by a guest


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I feel that this particular poem is about the love of a man to a woman. He doesn't know is she feels the same way and if she doesn't then he will move on but if she does then they will be together?

| Posted on 2009-05-12 | by a guest


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this poem is awsome it really gets you to think if all the guys could be that caring.

| Posted on 2009-04-23 | by a guest


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He loves her.He wants to feel what she feels so he doesn't get hurt, but he knows that because every time he sees ANYTHING, it reminds him of her. She can only "fuel" the fire with her love, because when two fires come together they grow bigger, and that's what he wants. As the fires separate they slowly die away alone.

| Posted on 2009-04-19 | by a guest


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I agree that this poem is about love between a man and a women. But i cant help but be stumped by the second stanza, with his references to the autumn, and ash that he is ageing and then the reference to the boats to take him away, the stanza gives me a sense that he talking to God about after death.

| Posted on 2009-03-15 | by a guest


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In my opinion, this poem is about how when you're in a relationship and if the other person starts to "forget about you" in order to not getting hurt, you start to do the same. It's human nature to have some sort of "payback", even if it is as simple as stopping loving someone.

| Posted on 2009-01-29 | by a guest


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In my opinion i think the poem is about a women he loves but that they cant be together. So he's trying to forget about her by not caring about her. :)

| Posted on 2009-01-12 | by a guest


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i love this poem. to me it is about true love. you will sacrifice your love for the other person but if they are not going to care for you then why sould you care for them.

| Posted on 2008-12-06 | by a guest


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In my own opinion this poem is about working to keep the passion in a relationship alive. This poem emphasizes that passion is needed to fuel love, and love feeds on love. It is a very intricate poem and can be interpreted in so many way.

| Posted on 2008-10-02 | by a guest




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