this section an example of Neruda’s application of imagery in his works, specifically looking to the poem “And
Because Love Battles”.
“And Because Love
Battles” by: Pablo Neruda
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
to interpose their obscure plant.
About me, nothing worse
they will tell you, my love,
than what I told you.
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
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,
am sure that your big eyes,
as when I kiss them,
will then close with pride,
into double pride, love,
pride and my pride.
But to my ears they will come before
to wear down the tour
of the sweet and hard love which
and they will say: “The one
is not a woman for you,
Why do you love her? I think
could find one more beautiful,
more serious, more deep,
more other, you understand me, look how she’s light,
what a head she has,
and look at how she dresses,
and etcetera and etcetera”.
And I in these lines say:
this I want you, love,
love, Like this I love you,
as you dress
and how your hair lifts up
and how your mouth
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
I only want the light to light up,
I do not ask to the night
I wait for it and it envelops
And so you, bread and light
And shadow are.
You came to my life
with what you
of light and bread and shadow I expected you,
and Like this I need you,
Like this I love you,
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
will fall on the earth
like if it had been made by our lips
like a kiss which falls
from our invincible heights
show the fire and the tenderness
of a true love.
with stanza one the poem already exhibits visual imagery. Visual
imagery is seen in the second line of the poem where it
is said that love
battles in its “burning agricultures” which brings images of fire and land.
of visual imagery is also readily seen in stanza three in
line four where it is stated “ I jumped on the rose”
this image is pretty
straight forward though the image in itself is rather surreal and hardly
Moving along in the poem more
images are seen. Love imagery is well
imbedded in this particular poem as well as common in Neruda’s other works.
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.” is a line
that exhibits a good example of love imagery in this poem; taken from the
fifth stanza its
visual imagery translates into more emotional images
associated with love and affection.
Another recurring image in this
work as well as others is light and
darkness. Light imagery is seen in stanza nine where it says “ I only want
the light to light up”. Images of
darkness are also recurring throughout
this poem triggered by words such as “night” and “shadows”.
The final type
of imagery readily seen in “And Because Love Battles” is nature imagery
exhibited in the
final stanza “a leaf of the tree of our love, a leaf
which will fall on the earth” shows how Neruda incorporates
in his works bringing up, in this specific example, images of leaves and
trees while also including references
to images of love.