The undisputed intellectual leadership of Octavio Paz, not only in Mexico but throughout Spanish America, rests on achievements in the essay and in poetry. In the field of the essay, he is the author of more than twenty-five books on subjects whose diversity -- esthetics, politics, surrealist art, the Mexican character, cultural anthropology, and Eastern philosophy, to cite only a few -- is dazzling. In poetry, his creativity has increased in vigor over more than fifty years as he has explored the numerous possibilities open to Hispanic poets from many different sources. The bridge that joins the halves of his writing is a concern for language in general and for the poetic process in particular. Toward Octavio Paz defines this process of creation through a close examination of the books that represent the summit of the poet's development, three long poems and three collections. It is intended for readers of varied poetic experience who are approaching Paz's work for the first time. By studying the relationship of the parts of the poem, particularly structure and theme, Fein traces the poet's growth through approaches to the reader, each embodied in a separate work. From the divided circularity of Piedra de sol through the intensification of the subject of Salamandra , the multiple meanings of Blanco , the polarities of Ladera este , and the literary solipsism of Pasado en claro , to the silences of Vuelta , Paz has shaped his audience's responses to his work through suggestion rather than control. The result is not only a new poetry but a new receptivity.
Also she has excellent taste in poetry, so go check her selections out. Psalm 50 This is, after all, the poem with which I am most familiar and to which I am most indebted. It speaks for itself. I read this poem, like nearly all the poetry I love, in high school. This one repeated itself over and over in my mind when I was leaving the Catholic Church, when that incredible heartbreak was all I could think about. I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell, but just coming to the end of his triumph. I hate this poem in English but in Spanish it makes me want to raise a fist. I read this poem over and over again before I really knew what it meant. It towered over me and it still does.
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El olvidado asombro de estar vivos. Sabernos arpegio en la garganta de la vida, silencio acurrucado en el camino. Asombro eternamente corredor, en solidaria soledad. Pablo Mora. Debe ser pedregosa, polvorienta, lluviosa y cotidiana. Como decir que todo poeta requiriese de un par de vidas para rememorar o reconstruir la propia. Y luego desde su escondite suena como un oboe Me entra por las narices hasta el alma el aroma salvaje del laurel, el aroma oscuro del boldo Se yerguen sobre la alfombra de la selva secreta, y cada uno de los follajes, lineal, encrespado, ramoso, lanceolado, tiene un estilo diferente, como cortado por una tijera de movimientos infinitos Una barranca; abajo el agua transparente se desliza sobre el granito y el jaspe
No eBook available Amazon. Born in Mexico City in , writer, poet, and diplomat Octavio Paz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in , eight years before his death in The Writing in the Stars explores Paz's life and ideas by establishing a dialogue between the structure and recurring images of his major poems and the ideas of Carl Jung. Although other literary critics have pointed to Jungian concepts in Paz, a comprehensive study on the subject has yet to be undertaken. Rodney Williamson takes up this challenge, adopting a Jungian perspective to explore successive phases of Paz's poetry. Williamson illustrates how archetypal images infuse Paz's early poetry and his surrealist period and shows how the circular structure of Paz's longer poems, such as 'Piedra de sol' and 'Blanco,' are based on the Eastern sacred circle or mandala, a major archetype of psychic wholeness in Jung. He argues that a grasp of the psychological importance of Jung's archetypes is essential to understanding the various syntheses of creative truth and existence sought by Paz at different defining moments of his career as a poet. The Writing in the Stars will prove fascinating to anyone interested in Latin-American literature, Jungian psychology, or critical theory. Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search.