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

Paperback | December 1, 2009

byOctavio PazTranslated byRuth L. C. Simms

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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 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 i...

Octavio Paz's poetic roots are in romanticism and such neoromantics as D. H. Lawrence, but he has been profoundly influenced by Mexican Indian mythology and oriental religious philosophy, particularly Tantric Buddhism. The latter influence came about while he was serving as Mexico's ambassador to India (1962-68), when he resigned to pr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:December 1, 2009Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292707649

ISBN - 13:9780292707641

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword to the First Edition
  • Foreword to the Second Edition
  • Introduction
    • 1. Poetry and Poem
  • The Poem
    • 2. Language
    • 3. Rhythm
    • 4. Verse and Prose
    • 5. The Image
  • The Poetic Revelation
    • 6. The Other Shore
    • 7. The Poetic Revelation
    • 8. Inspiration
  • Poetry and History
    • 9. The Consecration of the Instant
    • 10. The Heroic World
    • 11. Ambiguity of the Novel
    • 12. The Discarnate Word
  • Epilogue
    • 13. Signs in Rotation
  • Appendices
    • I. Poetry, Society, State
    • II. Poetry and Respiration
    • III. Whitman, Poet of America
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

"...it is a book so timeless and so profound that it will always be new.... it is unquestionably one of the strongest and most eloquent diaries of the poetic process in our century." - New York Times Book Review