Octavio Paz

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

Passage - Poem by Octavio Paz

More than air
More than water
More than lips
Light light

Your body is the trace of your body

Comments about Passage by Octavio Paz

  • Daniel Brick (5/23/2017 7:00:00 PM)

    Among modern Spanish-language love poets, so numerous, so committed, Octavio Paz still ranks as very high
    for the volume and variety of his love poetry. This poem is almost a definition of his love poetry. He has pared
    away everything but the essence of his view of live and poetry. The beloved is so special, so wonderful she can only be compared to herself as the last line reveals, The poem thus stops as soon as he does just that.
    She also transcends all categories of being, including the basic elements of water and air, and by implication fire and earth as well. All he can so do is take something at the highest level of natural wonder that spills over into the spiritual and then double it and so we get as the poem's climax of praise simply the repetition of LIGHT LIGHT. The reference to lips is certainly an erotic element in this poems - it is meant to suggest the whole range of physical love which for Spanish-language poets is essentially an experience of WHOLENESS, that is, Body and Soul united. This theme of love as transcendent at the same time it is earthly characterizes the mysticism of human love we also find in the European troubadors and Arab/Persian Sufis, a connection Paz also celebrates in his prose writings of which this poem could be an epigraph,
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  • Savita Tyagi (5/23/2017 9:29:00 AM)

    More than this or more than that! Creates a tendency to overlook smaller things. There is nothing insignificant in nature. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (5/23/2017 3:42:00 AM)

    This tiny poem reminds me of an old story 'Five blind persons and the elephant'. Unless we look at a thing as a whole or as a unit, we shall not be able to make out what it is. Very sensible piece. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/23/2017 3:22:00 AM)

    Such an interesting poem.... thanks for posting... (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling (2/29/2016 11:33:00 PM)

    Wow! Wonderful poem, indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/6/2016 11:29:00 AM)

    Woh so beautifully written. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (10/29/2013 1:00:00 PM)

    A very deep poem that invokes deep
    thoughts. Good.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010

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