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Stephen Body Woodinville, WA / United States, Male, 68
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    • POEM: If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda (7/16/2007 4:46:00 PM)

      This poem says a lot of what makes Neruda so irreplacable for me. He sets up the last stanza perfectly in how cavalierly he seems to treat the woman in the beginning, until he says that, as completely I will forget you if you forget me, so will I love and devote myself to you eternally if you'll just give me the same. It's a very mature and reasoned kind of love poem, not, as another poster said, that blind, overwhelmed, hopeless love that motivates most love poetry. The impact of his offer of his love would have rung as hollow and trite as a Hallmark card if it weren't given this counterpoint. I've lived with these poems for over 35 years, now and they just get better with the passage of time.