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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Poetry as a Metaphor for Life

"Wouldn't it be better to turn life into poetry rather than to make poetry from life? And cannot poetry have as its primary objective, rather than the creation of poems, the creation of poetic moments?"
- Octavio Paz

Mexican poet Octavio Paz asks a very important question here: why do people work hard to distinguish between life and poetry? Paz's works deal with a new kind of metaphysics, one focused not so much on human potential and life force, but on the life forces that flow in and out of the world. Paz shows that the aim of poetry should not be to perpetuate a static artform, but to create new life and vivacity.

Read more at Suite101: Poets on Poetry

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