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Tonight I Can Write Analysis



Author: Poetry of Pablo Neruda Type: Poetry Views: 1149

Tonight I can write the saddest lines.Write, for example, 'The night is starry

and the stars are blue and shiver in the distance.'The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.Through nights like this one I held her in my arms.

I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.She loved me, sometimes I loved her too.

How could one not have loved her great still eyes.Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.

And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.What does it matter that my love could not keep her.

The night is starry and she is not with me.This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.

My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.My sight tries to find her as though to bring her closer.

My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.The same night whitening the same trees.

We, of that time, are no longer the same.I no longer love her, that's certain, but how I loved her.

My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.Another's. She will be another's. As she was before my kisses.

Her voice, her bright body. Her infinite eyes.I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her.

Love is so short, forgetting is so long.Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms

my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer

and these the last verses that I write for her.translated by W.S. Merwin






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Hi, this is arguably the best poem by Pablo Neruda. The translation is acceptable, I'd just change a few words to make the poem in english more aesthetic (such as changing Tonight I can write the saddest lines for saddest verses).
Probably the most dramatic verse of this poem is "Es tan corto el amor y es tan largo el olvido" love is so short and forgetting is so long. I feel that the translation cannot entirely capture the intensity of the emotion but it is not the translator's fault, it is just that the difference between the two languages sometimes makes it difficult to embrace the true meaning.
Now, not being english my native language but spanish, my opinion may be a little biased, anyways.
Regards,
Javier

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