“On Poets and Others” is a book of essays by Octavio Paz, the great Nobel Prize Winner poet, essayist, thinker and diplomat from Mexico. It contains essays on remarkable poets, thinkers and philosophers, novelists and literary personalities he met in his life. Although some of the subjects and persons he writes on appear rather dated, the themes and topics he discusses are still relevant today.
What would you expect when one of the greatest poets writes in polemical and stylish prose on such issues as dissent of the intellectuals or the decadence of an ideology or comments on the increasing psychic schism and divided conscience of modern man? He may not be always right, and sometimes you will find him not very agreeable; and yet he will engage you, allure you. The poets, intellectuals and other literary personalities, which are really his subjects of writing, come in the picture as if incidentally. He writes on them with love and penetration, but in the process he unfolds something much larger and greater. He creates a World of his own.