The Bow and the Lyre

9780292707641: Paperback
Release Date: 1st December 2009

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 294

Series Clássicos/Clásicos, Texas Pan American Series

University of Texas Press

The Bow and the Lyre

The Poem, The Poetic Revelation, Poetry and History

Written by
Octavio Paz
Translated by
Ruth L. C. Simms
Paperback / £23.99

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.

  • 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

" 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