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Book Title: A Tree Within|
The size of the: 15.84 MB
Edition: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Date of issue: November 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780811210713
The author of the book: Octavio Paz
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:This book can not just be read, but reread. This Nobel prize winning poet engaged in the world and did not sit on the sidelines. He was a member of the Mexican Diplomatic Service until the 1969 Tlatelolco massacre of, by some counts, up to 300 students by the Mexican Government. He quit and formed a magazine critical of the government called Vuelta. He also was an early proponent of Sor Juana.
This book stands up to continuous scrutiny with his surrealism making symbols that paint his personal and political struggles.
His long and lyrical, "I Speak of the City", can come across as both a laundry list of immense images and a meditation on how cities unite, divide and define us.
A few lines: "I speak of the public history, and of our secret history, yours and mine...I speak of the forest of stone, the desert of prophets, the ant-heap of souls, the congregation of tribes, the house of mirrors, the labyrinth of echoes,"
He has some hommages to other poets like Basho, Alberto Lacerdo and to other poems. His, "Homage and desecrations" is a self described sonnet of sonnets! They are divided 8/6;4/4/6;4/4/3/3; and other schemes.
He goes heavy political with "Although it is Night", taking on the romantic communism of his fellow poets with the repressive reality of Solzhenitsyn and Stalin. He writes, "While I am reading in Mexico City, what time is it in Moscow? It's late, it's always late, in history it is always night, always the wrong time."
If you like this I recommend one of the many comprehensive anthologies.A Tree WithinThe Collected Poems, 1957-1987
Read information about the authorOctavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature ("for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.")
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