Octavio Paz

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Octavio Paz Biography

Mexican poet, essayist, and political thinker. His works reflect many influences, including Marxism, surrealism, and Aztec mythology. El laberinto de la soledad/The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950), the book which brought him to world attention, explores Mexico's heritage. His long poem Piedra del sol/Sun Stone (1957) uses contrasting images, centring ...

Octavio Paz Poems

No More Clichés

Beautiful face
That like a daisy opens its petals to the sun
So do you
Open your face to me as I turn the page.

Between Going And Coming

Between going and staying
the day wavers,
in love with its own transparency.
The circular afternoon is now a bay

As One Listens To The Rain

Listen to me as one listens to the rain,
not attentive, not distracted,
light footsteps, thin drizzle,

The Street

Here is a long and silent street.
I walk in blackness and I stumble and fall
and rise, and I walk blind, my feet

The Bridge

Between now and now,
between I am and you are,
the word bridge.

Octavio Paz Quotes

11 November 2014

"Art" is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers.... What we call art is a game.

11 November 2014

Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.

11 November 2014

If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence, the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms. The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.

11 November 2014

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.

11 November 2014

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.

Octavio Paz Comments

Alex Gomez 21 June 2009

I do not know too much about this man, but there is a charter school named after him in Chicago and I attended my first year of schooling there, so he must have been a very influential figure through his words.

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Narendran Vr 15 November 2004

A great poet, and also associated with India, Paz have great influence on contemporary Indian poetry.Poets like K, G.Sankara Pillai have imitated Paz to a great extent.Often misquoted and mis=understood as a marxist poet although a school he do not belongs to, Paz put forward the magical experience of poetry of fine quality and great human values.His poems have a personal touch and a nature to talk to the inner profiles.

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Sayeed Abubakar 28 December 2012

A great poet of the world. He is one of my favorite poems since my university life. I did not know then that my lot will lead me to his country. I feel now happy that my beloved Alma Lorena Lopez Velazquez is a nymph of his country.

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Gazi Saiful islam 05 January 2014

From world literature scene Octavio Paz is my favorite, I just start to translate Paz's poem. One week ago I already translate these as: Across, As One Listens To The Rain, Axis, Between Going and Coming, Brotherhood, Counterparts, Last Dawn, No More Clichés, Passage, Spaces, The Street, The Bridge etc from poemhunter.com. I think next year I can publish a book on Paz and his Peoms.

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jayro dyer 05 April 2019

how about publishing poems in the language they were written?

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Alfredo Torres 26 August 2020

I had a great boss and teacher, who’s name was Art.

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Soran M. H 21 December 2019

he is great poet, my first favorite modern poet, his works are different and amazing

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Imnotwritingmyname 18 May 2019

I love Octavio Paz! I had him for a spanish project and in my opinion he is the best South American poet ever!

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