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Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. OCTAVIO PAZ (b. March 31, 1914, Mexico urban, Mexico—d. April 19, 1998, Mexico urban) The Mexican poet, author, and diplomat Octavio Paz is famous as one of many significant Latin American writers of the 20 th century. He obtained the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. Paz’s kin was once ruined financially through the Mexican Civil battle, and he grew up in straitened situations. still, he had entry to the wonderful library that have been stocked by way of his grandfather, a politically energetic liberal highbrow who had himself been a author. Paz used to be expert at a Roman Catholic college and on the college of Mexico. He released his first booklet of poetry, Luna silvestre (“Forest Moon”), in 1933 at age 19. In 1937 the younger poet visited Spain, the place he pointed out strongly with the Republican reason within the Spanish Civil battle. His mirrored image on that have, Bajo tu clara sombra y otros poemas (“Beneath Your transparent Shadow and different Poems”), was once released in Spain in 1937 and published him as a author of actual promise. earlier than returning domestic Paz visited Paris, the place Surrealism and its adherents exerted a profound impact on him. again in Mexico, Paz based and edited a number of vital literary experiences, together with Taller (“Workshop”) from 1938 to 1941 and El hijo pródigo (“The Prodigal Son”), which he cofounded in 1943. His significant poetic courses integrated No pasaran! (1937; “They Shall no longer move! ”), Libertad bajo palabra (1949; “Freedom less than Parole”), ¿Águila o sol? (1951; Eagle or sunlight? ), and Piedra de sol (1957; The solar Stone). within the similar interval, he produced prose volumes of essays and literary feedback, together with El laberinto de l. a. soledad (1950; The Labyrinth of Solitude), an influential essay within which he analyzes the nature, historical past, and tradition of Mexico; and El arco y l. a. lira (1956; The Bow and the Lyre) and Las peras del olmo (1957; “The Pears of the Elm”), that are experiences of up to date Spanish American poetry. Paz entered Mexico’s diplomatic corps in 1945, after having lived for 2 years in San Francisco and manhattan, and served in various assignments, together with one as Mexico’s ambassador to India from 1962 to 1968; within the latter yr he resigned in protest over Mexico’s brutal therapy of scholar radicals that 12 months. From 1971 to 1976 Paz edited Plural, and in 1976 he based Vuelta, which persevered to be released until eventually his demise in 1998; either have been stories of literature and politics. His poetry after 1962 contains Blanco (1967; Eng. trans. Blanco), motivated through Stéphane Mallarmé’s poetry and John Cage’s theories on tune; Ladera este (1971; “East Slope”), that is suffused with Paz’s figuring out of East Indian myths; Hijos del aire (1979; Airborn), sonnet sequences created by way of Paz and the poet Charles Tomlinson development on each one other’s strains; and Árbol adentro (1987; A Tree Within), within which the various poems are in response to works via artists reminiscent of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. An English-language choice, The amassed Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957–1987, was once released in 1987.

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