I Like For You To Be Still By Pablo Neruda

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In the poem “I like for you to be still”, Pablo Neruda expressed his unreachable heart calling to his loved one. He described his love towards his loved one without saying a word, understanding her feelings from her silence, and act accordingly to make her fell that he cares about here. True feelings of love remain same even though there is no response comes from the other side. Selfless act just to get a single word out of her mouth or a little smile on her face which makes him feel happy, and this poem is about that passionate love.
The tone of this poem is heavyhearted though it changes at the end a little bit. The words like- absent, far away, melancholy, silence, and died set the depressing tone of this poem. Those words represent the feelings of a potentially vulnerable, heartbroken person (in this case the person is Neruda) who is afraid of losing his loved one. Neruda is afraid and sad that his loved one might disappear from his life someday, but he does not really know why. He is trying out to understand what might be the reason, but he seems to get no response from the other side because she is silent. For instance Neruda writes, “it is as thought you were absent / and you hear me from far away and my voice does not touch you” (1-2). He also writes, “And let me talk to your silence”(12). This certainly show the point that he is calling her, trying to reach her out but no response is coming from the other end. He becomes so desperate that, he is even ready to talk to her silence.
The heavyhearted tone which is set from the very beginning is evident throughout the poem in all the five stanzas. In the first stanza, Neruda writes “It seems as though your eyes had flown away” (3) which certainly captures the feelings of that stanza that her eyes is telling him that she does not have any emotional attachment with him anymore, and she has gone far away from him. Now, he is engulfed by the sadness of her absence, and that pain is filling up his heart. In the second stanza, he says “As all things are filled with my soul” (5). In the third and fourth stanzas after all these sufferings and no response for his consistent effort to resolve the distance between them, he became desperate and ready to accept anything, but in return he wants her back. When a loved one, very close to heart, goes far away, that can push someone to accept anything as little as a silent moment with their loved one. Neruda goes through that kinds of situation and he says “and let me talk to you with your silence/ that is bright as a lamp, simple as a ring” (13-14). This asserts his determination to get back her. He would do anything, but in favor he wants her company even if she would remain silent which shows his strong affection for her. In the last stanza, his heart is engulfed with sorrow and sadness. Her silence is making him feels like she is dead, but he knows that is not true. He still sees there is hope and he could bring smile on her face which eventually...

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