Man of the month: Octavio Paz

We are in March and the man of the month in both March and April is, Mexican writer and poet Octavio Paz, winner of the Nobel Prize of literature in 1990.

Mexico is celebrating the centenary of Octavio Paz, Mexico’s most famous poet and writer.  Many tributes and special programs are going to be dedicated to Octavio Paz from March to April.
Octavio Paz is probably, along with Alfonso Reyes and Carlos Fuentes, the greatest writer of Mexico.  A prolific author and poet, Octavio Paz published scores of works during his lifetime, many of which have been translated into other languages.
 The Labyrinth of Solitude (In Spanish: El Laberinto de la Soledad) is one of his most famous  essays.

Other great works are “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz o las trampas de la fe” (an Excellent essay about the life and poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz) and his great work of poetry like in “Libertad bajo Palabra” a book in which gathers many poems written by Octavio Paz between 1935 to 1957.

Octavio Paz admired the poems of Stéphane Mallarmé and T.S. Eliot and both poets had a great influence on him.
One of his best, longest and most respected poems in that book is “Piedra de Sol” (“Sunstone” in English and “Pierre de Soleil” in French).
Besides of being a poet, Octavio Paz was also a diplomat. First in France, later in India.
Octavio Paz died on April 19 of 1998 at age 84.
Celebrating the centenary of Octavio Paz in Mexico and the world!
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