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¿Águila o Sol?

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The first major book of short prose poetry in Spanish, Eagle Or Sun? Exerted an enormous influence on modern Latin American writing. Written in 1949-50 by Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz, Eagle Or Sun? has as its mythopoeic 'place' Mexico.

En ¿Āguila o Sol? El autor nos entrega su intensa y vívida interpretación del amor y la belleza, la alegría y la tristeza, el perdón y la rec
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Paperback, 132 pages
Published November 1st 1976 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published November 6th 1951)
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Glenn Russell
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



"The poetry of Octavio Paz," wrote the critic Ramón Xirau, "does not hesitate between language and silence; it leads into the realm of silence where true language lives."

Mexican poet and essayist Octavio Paz (1914 –1998) is one of the most influential writers of the 20th century and one of the greatest Hispanic poets of all time. For any true lover of fiction or poetry, reading these prose poems is like striking literary gold, and that’s for sure. To provide a small sampling, here is a piece fro
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David
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Todo poema se cumpre a expensas del poeta.

Published in 1951, this book comprises of three parts: Trabajos del poeta (1949), Arenas movediças (1949) and ¿Águila o sol? (1949-1950). These prose poems use surrealism as reflective thoughts. Although visual imagery occurs, Octavio Paz plays with words to reinforce an idea. For example:

Comienzo y recomienzo. Y no avanzo.
(I begin and I re-begin. And I do not advance.)

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Todo lo que me sostiene y sostengo sosteniéndome es alambrada, muro.
(Everything that
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Jill
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
i will always give this book a five solely for the story "my life with the wave" love it. love it.
Betina Barrios Ayala
Poesía en prosa o prosa en poesía. Retahilas e historias increíbles. Es un libro hermoso. Recomendado:
- Mi vida con la ola.
- Prisa.
- Encuentro.
- Hacia el poema.
Patyta
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poesía
«LO MÁS fácil es quebrar una palabra en dos. A veces los fragmentos siguen viviendo, con vida frenética, feroz, monosilábica. Es delicioso echar ese puñado de recién nacidos al circo: saltan, danzan, botan y rebotan, gritan incansablemente levantando sus coloridos estandartes. Pero cuando salen los leones hay un gran silencio, interrumpido sólo por las incansables, majestuosas mandíbulas...
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A la palabra torre le abro un agujero rojo en la frente. A la palabra odio la alimento con basuras du
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Josue Olvera
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Inaccesible a las emociones. Tiene dos o tres fragmentos que me gustaron. En general no me gustó, pese a ser su centro la palabra. Su modo de emplearlo, sin embargo, me pareció un tanto árido, al menos para mi sensibilidad. Independientemente de que su técnica y su trato en las palabras es impecable, como lo demuestra este fragmento: “Pensé que el universo era un vasto sistema de señales, una conversación entre seres inmensos. Mis actos, el serrucho del grillo, el parpadeo de la estrella, no era ...more
Daniel
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Como en la portada, muchos de los poemas de Paz parecen una espiral ascendente de metáforas que parecen no terminar y que muestran la genialidad del poeta. Una lectura pequeña y recomendada para quienes buscan llenarse y disfrutar de una poesía rica en paisajes, plantas y algó mas :)
lisa
May 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
brilliant!
Brenda Dumas
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beloved
Una lectura terriblemente exuberante.
Andrea Briceño
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Speechless.
Jason
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Don't live without this.
Rodrigo Munoz
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"La silencio se yergue. Pero yo avanzo y me planto en el centro de mi memoria. Aspiro largamente el aire cargado de por venir. Vienen oleadas de futuro, rumor de conquistas, descubrimientos y esos vacíos súbitos con que prepara lo desconocido sus irrupciones. Silbo entre dientes y mi silbido, en la limpidez admirable de la hora, es un látigo alegre que despierta alas y echa a volar profecías. Y yo las veo partir hacia allá. al otro lado, a donde un hombre encorvado escribe trabajosamente, en cam ...more
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Eduardo Hernandez
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
La complejidad poética te ofrece posibilidades infinitas, no sólo de interpretación, sino para el desarrollo de nuevas ideas. Paz con águila o sol es literalmente un volado, a veces lo amé, luego me sentí miserable y así ad nauseam. Will read again.
Ileana
"Trabajos forzados" creo que fue el que más me cautivó por todas las aluciones al lenguaje pero el libro en general es fantástico.
Hernán
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Arde, cae en mí: soy la fosa de cal viva que cura los huesos de su pesadumbre. Muere en mis labios. Nace en mis ojos. De mi cuerpo brotan imágenes: bebe en esas aguas y recuerda lo que olvidaste al nacer. Yo soy la herida que no cicatriza, la pequeña piedra solar: si me rozas, el mundo se incendia"
Nancy
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Wow. What a trippy trippy ride. I hung on for the most part, as things kept changing into other things, as each poem yearned and pined for clarity and begged to find itself. I might have given up, but these prose pieces dance -- and with startling lightness. They pulse and swirl and I can't imagine how this translator made the English sound so perfectly fun.
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Octavio Paz Lozano was a Mexican writer, poet, and diplomat, and the winner of the 1982 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature ("for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity.")
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