Love In Neruda's Love

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Neruda would argue with someone who disconnects love from the mind and the physical world. Many have claimed that the two are independent dichotomies, often citing “love at first sight” as a reason to love without thinking. However, Neruda, in poetry, refutes that claim altogether. He asserts that love without understanding is not love at all but rather, an infatuation. Neruda praises knowledge of body, prioritizing knowledge as the foundation of love; the facts of his lover’s body are the evidence of his love through which he declares that one cannot love an unfamiliar person. Neruda cherishes lovers that continue to learn about each other. In several of his poems, he creates a narrator who enjoys the steps leading up to love. Neruda starts poems with an imagery of a travel, proclaiming, “I want to make a long journey” (“The Insect” 2). He then proceeds to metaphorically travel his lover’s body, gazing at her physical features. His declaration is not just for show, as it is not an easy excursion to tour and truly understand the sights. By beginning the poem with this journey imagery, he commends the…show more content…
Neruda justifies the knowledge with how effortless bodily relations become. Again, the “journey” takes part in the love, as he admires and travels, “Coming down [his lover’s] legs / I trace a spiral” (“The Insect” 15-16). He “traces” instead of simply falling down a spiral as though he had already been there or he wanted to prize her shape. As Neruda and his lover continue to touch, his words compare to an interlocking. For example, “[her] breasts wander over [his] breast” which not only highlights a hint of sensuality but a deeper intimacy (“In You the Earth” 16). They not only touch but “wander” as though they are still on that “journey”. Neruda highlights that first and foremost, the knowledge of someone is by far the most important because the physical attraction can be achieved
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