Octavio Paz was born on this day in 1914 in Mexico City and died in 1998. The poet is one of only a dozen Latinos – and the lone Mexican – to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he won in 1990.
Paz‘s writings were first published when he was just a teenager. He is known for his poems that “investigate the intersection of philosophy, religion, art, politics, and the role of the individual,” according to poets.org.
Paz remains a beloved figure in his homeland, even in these high tech times. His poem, Blanco, is the basis for one of the most popular apps in Mexico.