Selected Poems Of Jaime Torres Bodet

Torres Bodet, Jaime

Published by Indiana University Press, 1964
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Bloomington. 1964. Indiana University Press. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front, Otherwise Very Good.No Dustjacket. Bilingual. Translated from the Spanish by Sonja Karsen. 155 pages. hardcover. keywords: Poetry Translated Latin America Mexico Literature. inventory # 15118. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This volume, containing forty-four of Torres Bodet’s poems, is the result of long and careful research by translator Sonja P. Karsen, well-acquainted with both the poet’s language and the poet. Dr. Torres Bodet enthusiastically endorses Miss Karsen’s translations which appear together here with the original Spanish text. UNESCO has included the volume in its Collection of Contemporary Works. The themes in Torres Bodet’s poetry are several, underlined with a deep humanism which perceives the contradictions in the human situation, the ‘faithful paradise of the imperfect.’ Unable at times to achieve a faith to give meaning and direction to his work, the poet says, ‘I plowed the sea, I built on sand,/wrote in water, sowed in granite. But continually he finds a haven in his personal faith in the nature of man: ‘Never will I tire of being a man/. because of all made by man/ the only heritage worthy of man/ is the right to invent his life.’ A strong advocate of artistic freedom, he nevertheless insists that such freedom be disciplined and responsible in its creative pursuits—a creed to which his own work bears eloquent testimony. Mexican poet and educator Jaime Torres Bodet, like Hemingway and Malraux, believes that a writer may also be a man of action. Because of his devotion to literary affairs and his skill as an administrator, his educational work in Mexico became known throughout the world, and in 1948 he was selected to succeed Julian Huxley as Director-General of UNESCO. Returning to Mexico to continue his dual role, he was appointed Minister of Education in 1958, a position which he still holds. SONJA KARSEN, chairman of the Department of Romance Languages at Skidmore College, holds degrees from Carleton College, Bryn Mawr College, and Columbia University. She has published articles and translations in several periodicals and is currently working on a book, Jaime Tortes Bodet: Mexican Poet, Educator, and Diplomat. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front, Otherwise Very Good.No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 15118


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Title: Selected Poems Of Jaime Torres Bodet

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Publication Date: 1964

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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