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By Octavio Paz

ISBN-10: 0747509190

ISBN-13: 9780747509196

Engrossing essays that mirror the author’s tremendous and refined wisdom of the realm. subject matters variety from the non secular rites of the Aztecs to fashionable american portray, from jap artwork and faith to like and eroticism. Translated by means of Helen Lane.

Contents

Reading and Contemplation
Seeing and utilizing: paintings and Craftsmanship
At desk and in Bed
Iniquitous Symmetries
The New Analogy: Poetry and Technology
The Verbal Contract
Picasso: Hand-to-hand wrestle with Painting
Literature and Literalness
Latin-American Poetry
A Literature o f Convergences
Quevedo, Heraclitus, and a Handful of Sonnets
The culture o f the Haiku
Blank Thought
Constellations: Breton and Miró
Two Centuries o f American portray (1776-1971)
The Tree o f existence

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This pact—the child of necessity and pas­ sions, not, of reason or freedom—wTas the antecedent and necessary cause of the social pact. Language founds society and in turn is a society. I confess to a certain vertigo when confronting the ideas of Rousseau and Whorf. Since this agreement or verbal pact is not only implicit but also in­ voluntary—no one is asked for his consent as to how the language he speaks is constituted—neither term is very 36 Reading and Contemplation accurate. If the relation between the signifier and the sig­ nified depends on a convention, how could such a con­ vention come home without the consent of the speakers?

This pact—the child of necessity and pas­ sions, not, of reason or freedom—wTas the antecedent and necessary cause of the social pact. Language founds society and in turn is a society. I confess to a certain vertigo when confronting the ideas of Rousseau and Whorf. Since this agreement or verbal pact is not only implicit but also in­ voluntary—no one is asked for his consent as to how the language he speaks is constituted—neither term is very 36 Reading and Contemplation accurate. If the relation between the signifier and the sig­ nified depends on a convention, how could such a con­ vention come home without the consent of the speakers?

In both, beauty was subordinate, in the one case to use­ fulness and in the other to magic. Utensil, talisman, symbol: beauty was the aura surrounding the object, the con­ sequence—nearly always involuntary—of the secret relation between its making and its meaning. Making: how a thing is made; meaning: what it is made for. Today all these objects, tom from their historical context, their specific function, and their original significance, take on in our eyes the appearance of enigmatic divinities and command our adoration.

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