Little Words, Big Ideas
Language and Communication
"Proem" is about poetry, so its big-deal, major theme is Language and Communication. This is about how poems are written, what they have the power to do, and the words and sounds that they're made...
Mixing it up, worshiping it, dissolving it, burying it—all things you might do with an Alka-Seltzer tablet or, in this case, what poetry does with identity. "Proem" shows how poetry can stretch a...
Memory and the Past
Poetry is all about revolution, rock and roll, and breaking rules! The past is always present in the poem, but it's challenged—or at least remembered—with a twist in "Proem." And we're not talk...
Art and Culture
What can we say? Paz is a cultured guy. Way cultured, in fact. We're talkin' more cultured than Yoplait! And a poem about poetry is definitely going to have themes of art and culture popping up all...
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