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Love Sonnet 17

Love Sonnet 17

  

by Pablo Neruda

Love Sonnet 17 Love Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line); translated by Terence Clarke

Quote #4

And, thanks to your love, there lives darkly in me
The quickening aroma that rose from the soil (7-8)

Neruda compares the feelings his lover inspires in him to an "aroma," a smell. It sounds weird at first, but once you start to imagine how a smell affects you, it makes more sense. A smell can be so powerful that you feel like it's inside of you. It travels through the air and into your body in a way that a sight cannot. This is what love is like, infectious to the core.

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