The Bow and the Lyre: The Poem, The Poetic Revelation, Poetry and History: Texas Pan American Series

Autor Octavio Paz Traducere de Ruth L.C. Simms
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 1973
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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ISBN-13: 9780292707641
ISBN-10: 0292707649
Pagini: 294
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.44 kg
Editura: University of Texas Press
Colecția University of Texas Press
Seria Texas Pan American Series

Notă biografică

Octavio Paz (1914–1998) was a Mexican poet who won the 1990 Nobel Prize in literature.
Ruth L. C. Simms (1921–2018) worked as a Spanish language translator for the United States government and as a literary translator.


  • 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

Recenzii 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.


Octavio Paz presents his sustained reflections on the poetic phenomenon and on the place of poetry in history and in our personal lives.