Octavio Paz

(March 31, 1914 – April 19, 1998 / Mexico City)

No More Clichés - Poem by Octavio Paz

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.

Enchanting smile
Any man would be under your spell,
Oh, beauty of a magazine.

How many poems have been written to you?
How many Dantes have written to you, Beatrice?
To your obsessive illusion
To you manufacture fantasy.

But today I won't make one more Cliché
And write this poem to you.
No, no more clichés.

This poem is dedicated to those women
Whose beauty is in their charm,
In their intelligence,
In their character,
Not on their fabricated looks.

This poem is to you women,
That like a Shahrazade wake up
Everyday with a new story to tell,
A story that sings for change
That hopes for battles:
Battles for the love of the united flesh
Battles for passions aroused by a new day
Battle for the neglected rights
Or just battles to survive one more night.

Yes, to you women in a world of pain
To you, bright star in this ever-spending universe
To you, fighter of a thousand-and-one fights
To you, friend of my heart.

From now on, my head won't look down to a magazine
Rather, it will contemplate the night
And its bright stars,
And so, no more clichés.


Comments about No More Clichés by Octavio Paz

  • Mahtab Bangalee (3/22/2018 4:03:00 AM)


    firstly I read the great Octavio Paz

    wow superbly written
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  • (2/1/2018 10:43:00 AM)


    This is a great poem....... that is if you are a complete vegetable. (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2018 2:29:00 PM)


    hello I am Julian and I play freefall video game everyday (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2018 2:17:00 PM)


    hello my name is pandora zeng (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2018 2:12:00 PM)


    such a trash poem, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2018 6:26:00 PM)


    This poem is a string of cliches, from Shahrazade to bright stars. Paz can do much better (Report) Reply

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/19/2017 6:51:00 PM)


    Amazing flow of feelings and thoughts. Nice (Report) Reply

  • (10/15/2017 3:33:00 PM)


    From now on, my head won't look down to a magazine
    Rather, it will contemplate the night
    And its bright stars,
    And so, no more clichés.

    Good for you
    Better contemplate and count the stars
    and go to bed dreaming of women in magazines.
    Magazine Girls, you Mexican ambassador,
    give a damn to what you write. Just words.
    What have you done for the women you praise?
    Just scribble a poem and dedicate it to them!
    Is that all? Is your poem just not a fluff?
    (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/7/2017 11:31:00 AM)


    That is very nice about women. Celebrating their intelligence and beauty at the same time. A great tribute to women.
    Yes, to you women in a world of pain
    To you, bright star in this ever-spending universe
    To you, fighter of a thousand-and-one fights
    To you, friend of my heart.

    From now on, my head won't look down to a magazine
    Rather, it will contemplate the night
    And its bright stars,
    And so, no more clichés.
    ....are beautiful stanzas in the poem.
    (Report) Reply

  • Darlan M Cunha (8/15/2016 3:52:00 PM)


    Octavio Paz is always by my side. He's really cool. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (8/12/2016 3:58:00 PM)


    Lovely poem and tribute to real women. (Report) Reply

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (2/17/2016 12:37:00 PM)


    This poem is dedicated to those women
    Whose beauty is in their charm,
    In their intelligence,
    In their character,
    Not on their fabricated looks.

    Yes, celebrating woman as human entity and not a piece of fabricated beauty. nice poem
    (Report) Reply

  • Enoch John (1/27/2016 2:23:00 PM)


    nice movement in poem. (Report) Reply

  • Enoch John (1/27/2016 2:23:00 PM)


    nice movement in the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (11/19/2015 9:32:00 AM)


    Real woman does not hide behind the old cliche and her glossy looks but inner charm, intelligence, character and her ability to bring about change in the society. Amazing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/30/2015 1:32:00 PM)


    his poem is dedicated to those women
    Whose beauty is in their charm,
    In their intelligence,
    In their character,
    Not on their fabricated looks.
    (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (2/6/2015 7:50:00 PM)


    I think Czyka Tumaliuan hit the nail on the head with the comment offered below. Also, those who are finding various faults with the poem could be right, but I would like to read the poem in its original Spanish to see if it may have received a bad translation here. Does anyone know where I can see a copy of the original? (Report) Reply

    (1/29/2018 2:16:00 PM)

    no spanish version anymore, everyone speake english, other languages are occupied, please give up

  • (2/6/2015 9:26:00 AM)


    A poem dedicated to women justice and for a thousand and one fights really enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2015 6:46:00 AM)


    I think the last verse was ironically intended to be cliche'. What poet has not written of the night or stars? Very sharp eye, Birgitta..... (Report) Reply

  • Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (7/26/2014 7:08:00 PM)


    Very nice poem. The last verse, however, does not seem to flow with the rest (just one person's thought) . (Report) Reply

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