Octavio Paz

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Octavio Paz Lozano (Mexico City 1914 - Mexico City 1998) was a Mexican poet, prolific author, journalist and diplomat. Paz received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. He had many other awards like: Cervantes Prize, Jerusalem Prize, Menendez y Pelayo Prize, Doctor Honoris Causa (Harvard) and Doctor Honoris Causa (UNAM). Early leftist by the time of the Nobel prize he had become a conservative.

The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950), is his most renown work in prose and among his poems "Piedra de Sol" (Sun Stone, 1957).

Piedra de Sol (fragment)

un sauce de cristal, un chopo de agua,

un alto surtidor que el viento arquea,

un árbol bien plantado mas danzante,

un caminar de río que se curva,

avanza, retrocede, da un rodeo

y llega siempre:


Paz's poetry has been collected in Poemas 1935-1975 (1981) and Collected Poems, 1957-1987 (1987). A remarkable prose stylist, Paz has written a prolific body of essays, including several book-length studies, in poetics, literary and art criticism, as well as on Mexican history, politics and culture. Octavio Paz The Nobel Prize in Literature 1990 The Nobel Foundation, Stockholm.

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