by Octavio Paz
Proem Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
the laughter that sets fire to rules and the holy commandments; (3)
This line shows how poetry, in its revolutionary uses of language, breaks with the past and its traditions.
the recollection of pronouns freshly cut in the garden of Epicurus, and the garden of Netzahualcoyotl; (9)
The word "recollection" refers not only to remembering or memory, but also to harvesting, like what the gardeners/poets do with the pronouns they pluck.