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1 Aztec Poetry Openers

2 Poetry in the Aztec world was known as "flower and song," the Nahuatl (Aztec language) metaphors for art and symbolism. It was the highest art form and it often celebrated the transient nature of life on earth. The theme of cut flowers was regularly used to symbolize the temporary fragility and beauty of existence. Life, so solid, so apparently real, was thus an illusion. Only by creating art, by imitating the Lord of the Close and the Near, could they aspire to immortality. Thus the idea that "art made things divine," and only the divine was true. In this they felt they were imitating their principal deity, Omeoteotl, the creator of the universe, also called the Lord and Lady of the Close and the Near.

3 Extended lies the city lies Mexico Spreading circles of emerald light radiating splendor like a quetzal plume Oh author of life your house is here Your song is heard on earth It spreads among the people… Behold Mexico Proudly stands the city of Mexico, Tenochtitlan Here no one fears to die in war, Keep this in mind oh Princes, Who could attack Tenochtitlan? Who could attack the foundations of heaven?

4 Tuesday WE ONLY LIVE IN YOUR BOOK OF PAINTINGS With flowers You paint, Giver of Life! With songs You give color, with songs You shade those who will live on the earth. Later You will destroy eagles and tigers: we live only in Your painting here, on the earth. With black ink You will blot out all that was friendship, brotherhood, nobility. You give shading to those who will live on the earth. We live only in Your book of paintings, here on the earth HUNGRY-COYOTE (NEZAHUALCOYOTL) King of Texcoco ( )

5 Wednesday Like the spring grass Like the spring grass We come only to sleep, Only to dream. It is not true, it is not true That we have come to live on Earth!

6 Thursday One by one I bring together your songs I am linking the jades, With them I make a bracelet of everlasting gold. Bedeck yourself with them; They are your wealth in the region of flowers They are your wealth on the earth

7 Friday Does man possess any truth? Does man possess any truth? if not, our song is no longer true. Is anything stable and lasting? What reaches its aim?

8 The giver of life mocks of us only a dream we chase oh my friends our hearth trust But he really mock of us but with emotion we enjoy in the green things and in the paintings The giver of life make us live he knows, he rules how we, the men, will die nobody, nobody, nobody really lives on earth. (Manuscript, Cantares Mexicanos/National Library of Mexico)

9 Aztec Poetry Openers Quiz 1. Spreading circles of emerald light radiating splendor like a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ plume quetzal 2. Proudly stands the city of Mexico, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Tenochtitlan 3. One by one I bring together your songs I am linking the _ _ _ _ _ jades 4. With black ink You will blot out all that was friendship, brotherhood,_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _. nobility 5. Like the _ _ _ _ _ _ grass we come only to sleep Spring 6. Does man _ _ _ _ _ _ _ any truth? possess 7. They are your wealth in the region of _ _ _ _ _ _ _. Flowers 8. We come only to sleep, only to _ _ _ _ _ dream. Bonus Question Poetry in the Aztec world was known as “_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _” "flower and song,"


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