Similarities in I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You by Pablo Neruda and Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare

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The poem “I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You” by Pablo Neruda uses many literary techniques to get its point across, and inadvertently relates to Shakespeare’s famous comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Neruda’s poem is filled with literary techniques that help the reader understand it’s meaning. First, this poem combines two general poetry types: it is a narrative poem because it tells a story and it is a lyric poem because it includes the writer’s feelings and passion. Also, Neruda includes a set time frame, “Maybe the January light will consume my heart”. In addition, the author uses many descriptive elements to describe his love, “I will die of love because I love you”. He uses powerful words and deep statements that help the reader understand how to feel or perceive love. Pablo Neruda’s poem also connects to both sets of couples in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” It is obvious that lines from this piece can relate to Beatrice and Benedick. “I hate you deeply, and hating you/Bend to you, and the measure of my changing love for you” this line connects to the indecisive couple because throughout the play, they constantly bicker. In the end, however, they admit their love for one another. In addition, lines from Neruda’s poem also connect to Claudio and Hero. “I go from loving to not loving you” this quote could connect to the second couple, since Claudio believes Hero cheats on him, he quickly changes his mind and ‘stops’ loving her. Tatiana

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