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If You Forget Me

Pablo Neruda

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Added by: Melody
This poem is about how love has to be given in order to be gotten, not about sacrifice. Love has to eat. It feeds on the other's love. If the other's love dries up, it starves. It finds another source.
love not obsession
Added by: josh
obsession can't be turned on and off. but love turns itself whichever way it wants. selflessly open hearts and minds (strikes me almost as inhuman) will die or flourish equally in love. forgetting it SHOULD BE as effortless as ascending it.
heart matters
Added by: zita narvaez
it feel like premonition feelings...he knows what it will happen if they do not belong to each other, giving her all the responsability or freedom to choose and decide how long would last their love...
Added by: Orion Reasoner
This poem seems to illustrate the nature of the perfect synchonicity that exists between two hearts that, at one time linked... Whatever one comes to feel instantly registers in the other, no matter the distance between them. When one longs, so does the other... When one forgets, so does the other.
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Added by: ANNA
The poem is defintely about true love and understanding the true essence of what makes that type of love possible. Neruda is conveying the idea that when you truely love someone you love them as much as you love yourself and the two become one. However, if she forgets him and her love starts to die, he has to forget her or else he would be forced to stop loving himself and would render himself unable to ever love again which would be death. It's a very mature way of looking at real love. He's basically saying that his love for her is the most important thing in his life, but should that change in the future, he will not hate himself. Self-hatered is the worst sin.
Added by: Fernando
Why is it so hard when we fall in love?
Why does there have to be so much pain in your hearts?
Why do we have to make choices and the one who was not chosen has to hate us so much? I am in such deep pain and sorrow as the one I did not chose does not want to talk to me or see me anymore. I am sad and depressed. The one I chose loves me but he is so sick he may die. My heart suffers and I am in a land where I have no friends, no nothing. I feel miserable seeing my lover dieing, my ex lover hating and myself lonely. It hurts, I feel depressed. I just wanted to wake up of this nightmare and be good and loved again... I regret so much having had the Frech dude go...
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Added by: Tori
Neruda wrote most of his poetry to his mistress that later became his wife. She wrote a book Matilde Urrutia, it's really good!! Read it!!
Added by: anonymous
this poem speaks many truths on many levels, and perhaps it was devinely inspired, as it also has some scientific truth in it regarding
reality, attoms and all matter.

there may not at first be a obvious connection between this poem and atomic physics, but perhaps the most important experimant that ever took place was carried out in 1982 by a scientist called Aspect. He discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of distance doesn't matter whether they are 10 inches or 10 billion miles apart. they found that for some reason each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. the faster-than-light connection between subatomic particles shows a deeper level of reality we are not aware of. This experimant also discredits Einstein's theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, and heps to explain many other factors such as memory, in short scientists concluded that reality is not what it seems and infact everything around us is an illusion, as stated by many eastern religons such as islam. it also means that at a deeper level of reality all things in the universe are infinitely iinterconnected. as the physisit Bohm puts it " The electrons in a carbon atom in the human brain are connected to the subatomic particles that comprise every salmon that swims, every heart that beats, and every star that shimmers in the sky", which is what the poem says: "as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me." so in essence in this universe individual brains are interconnected, as the electrons in the experimant, and part of greater hologram and everything is infinitely interconnected. However, since there is not enought time to elaborate more on the above experiant here is a link: http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~sai/hologram.html spell out all the details here,

about the poem itself, i would say this is a truly a poem from ta man who speaks from experiance, as any who have experianced the same can identify. i may even post it to my ex fiance, ill reference it ofcourse.

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