My Life with the Wave Summary
Octavio Paz, Mexico's foremost poet of the twentieth century after World War II, was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature. "My Life with the Wave," a surrealist prose poem, first appeared in his collection lAguila o sol? (translated as Eagle or Sun?) in 1951.
In "My Life with the Wave," a man, while at the beach, is seduced by an ocean wave, which insists on following him home to Mexico City. The man and the wave have a passionate, turbulent, love affair, in which the wave is both adoring and demanding. Because she is lonely, he brings her a school of fish to swim in her waters; but, when he becomes enraged with jealousy of her attentions to the fish, he tries to attack them, and the wave nearly drowns him. After that, his love for the wave turns to "fear and hate." To get away from her, he leaves...
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