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And because love battles
not only in its burning agricultures
but also in the mouth of men and women,
I will finish off by taking the path away
to those who between my chest and your fragrance
want to interpose their obscure plant.

About me, nothing worse
they will tell you, my love,
than what I told you.

I lived in the prairies
before I got to know you
and I did not wait love but I was
laying in wait for and I jumped on the rose.

What more can they tell you?
I am neither good nor bad but a man,
and they will then associate the danger
of my life, which you know
and which with your passion you shared.

And good, this danger
is danger of love, of complete love
for all life,
for all lives,
and if this love brings us
the death and the prisons,
I am sure that your big eyes,
as when I kiss them,
will then close with pride,
into double pride, love,
with your pride and my pride.

But to my ears they will come before
to wear down the tour
of the sweet and hard love which binds us,
and they will say: “The one
you love,
is not a woman for you,
Why do you love her? I think
you could find one more beautiful,
more serious, more deep,
more other, you understand me, look how she’s light,
and what a head she has,
and look at how she dresses,
and etcetera and etcetera”.

And I in these lines say:
Like this I want you, love,
love, Like this I love you,
as you dress
and how your hair lifts up
and how your mouth smiles,
light as the water
of the spring upon the pure stones,
Like this I love you, beloved.

To bread I do not ask to teach me
but only not to lack during every day of life.
I don’t know anything about light, from where
it comes nor where it goes,
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
I wait for it and it envelops me,
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are.

You came to my life
with what you were bringing,
of light and bread and shadow I expected you,
and Like this I need you,
Like this I love you,
and to those who want to hear tomorrow
that which I will not tell them, let them read it here,
and let them back off today because it is early
for these arguments.

Tomorrow we will only give them
a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips
like a kiss which falls
from our invincible heights
to show the fire and the tenderness
of a true love.

Short Poem Analysis

"And Because Love Battles" by Pablo Neruda is a poignant and passionate poem that explores the complexities of love and its ability to both uplift and challenge individuals. Through its vivid and emotionally charged language, the poem delves into the tumultuous nature of love, highlighting its transformative power and the contradictions inherent in romantic relationships.

The poem's title, "And Because Love Battles," immediately introduces the idea of love as a struggle or conflict. This suggests that love is not always a smooth and harmonious experience, but rather a dynamic force that involves both joy and challenges.

Neruda uses vivid and contrasting imagery throughout the poem to illustrate the duality of love. The images of fire and water, snow and sea, highlight the opposing forces that love can embody—passion and calmness, warmth and coolness.

The poem's repetition of the phrase "I love you" underscores the intensity of the speaker's emotions and the centrality of love as the driving force behind their experiences.

Neruda employs sensory and tactile language, such as "burning" and "kiss," to evoke a visceral and emotional response in the reader, drawing them into the emotional world of the poem.

The poem's closing lines, "Love is an adventure and a conquest: / it survives and develops like the universe itself / only by perpetual discovery," encapsulate the essence of the poem's exploration of love. These lines convey the idea that love is a constant journey of exploration and growth, an ongoing process of discovery and rediscovery.

"And Because Love Battles" offers a multi-faceted perspective on love, acknowledging its challenges while also celebrating its transformative and enduring qualities. The poem invites readers to contemplate the intricate and often contradictory aspects of love, portraying it as a force that can both wound and heal, challenge and inspire. Through its evocative language, the poem captures the emotional complexity of love and the profound impact it has on the human experience.

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