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In seven elegant essays that range across centuries and literatures, Paz offers his thoughts on how modern poetry came to be, what makes it “modern,” and what it may become. Translated by Helen Lane.


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In seven elegant essays that range across centuries and literatures, Paz offers his thoughts on how modern poetry came to be, what makes it “modern,” and what it may become. Translated by Helen Lane.

30 review for The Other Voice: Essays on Modern Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Samir Rawas Sarayji

    A wonderful collection of essays albeit repetitive in theme and certain arguments that Paz makes for the case of poetry. Paz believes in the necessity of poetry in the arts and in life, and makes compelling arguments for the survival of poetry. There is no doubt he is a well read man whose profund knowledge comes across subtly and convincingly in his explanations. There are interesting links and connections he makes regarding different writers or different disciplines that all work well. Well wo A wonderful collection of essays albeit repetitive in theme and certain arguments that Paz makes for the case of poetry. Paz believes in the necessity of poetry in the arts and in life, and makes compelling arguments for the survival of poetry. There is no doubt he is a well read man whose profund knowledge comes across subtly and convincingly in his explanations. There are interesting links and connections he makes regarding different writers or different disciplines that all work well. Well worth a read for anyone interested about poetry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Hubbard

    Paz writes seven essays which explore his thought on modern poetry and modern poetry readership. Some of the seven are worth reading. In the first Paz explores the extinction of the epic poem. The next memorable thoughts are about a type of differentiation or even definition of classical and modern. Classical poetry has the Bible and Christianity at its core. Modern poetry and modernity has revolution. Hmmm. Then Paz goes on a two essay rant against the use of poetry or literature in the studies Paz writes seven essays which explore his thought on modern poetry and modern poetry readership. Some of the seven are worth reading. In the first Paz explores the extinction of the epic poem. The next memorable thoughts are about a type of differentiation or even definition of classical and modern. Classical poetry has the Bible and Christianity at its core. Modern poetry and modernity has revolution. Hmmm. Then Paz goes on a two essay rant against the use of poetry or literature in the studies of social sciences. Clearly, I disagree. Strangely, he then closes with an essay ”The Other Voice” in which he describes the poet as The Other, or at least the voice of the Other. It seems quite a strange contrast to the previous two in which he argued it seemed for pure aesthetical value. If one should not look at poetry as an important social indicant, how can the poet be the voice of the Other?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ach. Majid

    Karena bagi Paz, keabadian terbebas dari waktu dan suksesi. Ini adalah waktu yang berjalan abadi sebagai karya seorang penulis. Ini adalah buku yang bagian-bagian idenya tidak bisa dipisah-pisahkan. Harus dibaca secara mendalam.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Budi Ginting III

    capee deh baca nya ...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    I am among the least poetic people around, being focused mostly on natural sciences, social sciences, and bureaucracy. But a friend's interest in Robert Frost led to my reading more about poetry, and eventually to this book, noticed in a used-book store. This book is short and easy to read; the writing is mostly simple and elegant. The many many literary and historical references are introduced without stuffiness or condescension; many sent me scurrying to reference sources, eager to learn more. I am among the least poetic people around, being focused mostly on natural sciences, social sciences, and bureaucracy. But a friend's interest in Robert Frost led to my reading more about poetry, and eventually to this book, noticed in a used-book store. This book is short and easy to read; the writing is mostly simple and elegant. The many many literary and historical references are introduced without stuffiness or condescension; many sent me scurrying to reference sources, eager to learn more. There are many powerful insights, about history and poetry and politics. To my mind there are two weaknesses to this book. One is a tendency toward broad sweeping statements that ignore the many exceptions or, in some cases, drift into empty vapor. The other drawback is the familiar tendency of learned old men to bemoan the shallowness of recent events and literature. All in all, though, this book is well worth reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Se canta una historia y así se cuenta una melodía como dijo Antonio Machado. Los ensayos muy interesantes sobre la poesía contemporánea y la poesía histórica. No es difícil para realizar que el autor está realmente y profundamente enamorado en los poemas. Me parece muy inspirador la idea de la poesía como la medicina por la técnica y el mercado. Octavio Paz has dicho mucho sobre el aspecto político en los textos de poetas en estos días. Simbolismo, como el espejo de una misma vida. L Se canta una historia y así se cuenta una melodía como dijo Antonio Machado. Los ensayos muy interesantes sobre la poesía contemporánea y la poesía histórica. No es difícil para realizar que el autor está realmente y profundamente enamorado en los poemas. Me parece muy inspirador la idea de la poesía como la medicina por la técnica y el mercado. Octavio Paz has dicho mucho sobre el aspecto político en los textos de poetas en estos días. Simbolismo, como el espejo de una misma vida. La función oral y los comenzados de poesía en la antigüedad en esa forma. Todos esos pensamientos me gustó mucho. Es una colección muy extraordinario y voy a reflexionarlo por algún tiempo sin lugar a duda.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaryta

    After reading the titular essay in first year, and without the context of the remainder of the collection, it feels much more fulfilling going back and reading the book in its entirety. Paz is both wise and witty, and it's amazing how much of what he prophesizes still rings true today, while some of it has even come true. His words certainly sound differently now, after some more experience both in writing and studying literature, for me, maintaining their relevance while increasing their feelin After reading the titular essay in first year, and without the context of the remainder of the collection, it feels much more fulfilling going back and reading the book in its entirety. Paz is both wise and witty, and it's amazing how much of what he prophesizes still rings true today, while some of it has even come true. His words certainly sound differently now, after some more experience both in writing and studying literature, for me, maintaining their relevance while increasing their feeling of urgency.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Enrique Villa

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    Maria

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  12. 4 out of 5

    Yuri Ulrych

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    David

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    Bronwen Dickey

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    Agustín Fest

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christine Friedlander

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fanny Chotimah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carter

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nino

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    Go Siame

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erdal Topaç

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sociale Zak

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    Jonathan

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    Widhyanto Muttaqien

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    FIRDHA

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karoli

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meg

  30. 4 out of 5

    Agung July

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