Cultural Revolutions August 1998 Octavio Paz, R.I.P. By Darío Fernández-Morera Octavio Paz, who died m April, was one of the greatest poets of the second half of the 20th century. On the left for most of his life, Paz held convictions that were often more compatible with conservative thought. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Darío Fernández-Morera Darío Fernández-Morera, an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of comparative literary studies at Northwestern University, is the author of several books, including American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas.