Octavio Paz is credited with being one of the leading intellectuals of “mexicanidad.” In the three poems you have read, how do you see Paz’s exploration of his Mexican identity? Is there something universal in the poems that speaks to you and your own sense of identity (even if you are not Mexican)? Why or why not are these poems personally resonant to you.
Background information on Octavio Paz
Text of Poem #1 “Proem”
Text of Poem #2 “The Street”
Text of Poem #3 “Dawn”