The Bow and the Lyre: The Poem, The Poetic Revelation, Poetry and History

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University of Texas Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
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In The Bow and the Lyre Octavio Paz, one of the most important poets writing in Spanish, presents his sustained reflections on the poetic phenomenon and on the place of poetry in history and in our personal lives. It is written in the same prose style that distinguishes The Labyrinth of Solitude. The Bow and the Lyre will serve as an important complement to Paz's poetry.

Paz's discussions of the different aspects of the poetic phenomenon are not limited to Spanish and Spanish American literature. He is almost as apt to choose an example from Homer, Vergil, Blake, Whitman, Rimbaud as he is from Lope de Vega, Jiménez, Darío, Neruda. In writing these essays, he draws on his vast storehouse of knowledge, revealing a world outlook of ample proportions. In reading these essays, we share the observations of a searching, original, highly cultivated mind.

 

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"In this fine translation, . . . Paz explains his view of the essence and significance of poetry'' ( LJ 2/1/74). Read full review

Contents

Poetry and Poem
3
THE POEM
4
Language
19
Rhythm
38
Verse and Prose
56
The Image
84
THE POETIC REVELATION
99
The Other Shore
101
Inspiration
140
POETRY AND HISTORY
165
The Consecration of the Instant
167
The Heroic World
180
Ambiguity of the Novel
200
The Discarnate Word
213
Signs in Rotation
233
Copyright

The Poetic Revelation
121

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Octavio Paz was born in 1914 and died in 1998. The author of eighteen books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.

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