"The Bow and the Lyre" by Octavio Paz.
This paper analyzes the "The Bow and the Lyre", by Octavio Paz, a work on nature and power of poetry and its relation to life and politics in Latin America.
# 21572 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 1994 |
Published on Mar 04, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Creative Writing) , Latin-American Studies (General)
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From the Paper:"This study will provide a critical analysis of "The Bow and the Lyre", by Octavio Paz. The book is subtitled "The Poem, The Poetic Revelation, Poetry and History," and it covers those subjects and many more. Its most essential subject, however, is the role which poetry has played and still plays in the lives of human beings. Paz says in his Foreword that he has written this book to try to answer a question: "From the time when I began to write poems, I wondered whether it was worth while to do so" . Of course, Paz does think it was worthwhile to write poetry, but he wants to find out under what circumstances it is worthwhile, and what the relationship is between poetry and politics.
What Paz finds is that true poetry is poetry which has the power to change the world in dramatic and lasting ways. Poetry is ... "
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