Friday, March 21, 2008

notes to the draft

Bear with me, an experiment-- perhaps just to help me propel and fly-- and finally have in my hands, three papers due very very soon. . . From the introduction to PHilippine Criticism: J. Neil Garcia: ". . . literature's boundaries are immensely permeable to whatever surrounds it. Abad's training in UP: American New Criticism which focused on the formal perfection of the poem as a "verbal icon." This new critical mode with its stress on organic unity, emotional restraint, and metaphor, irony,a nd ambiguity, shaped the poetic sensibility from the 50's and 60's with the earlier Romantics. . ." but after exemplars of particular poetry from Angeles and Maramag, he goes on to say that from poet to poet, "each one who persevered int he craft constantly achieves through metamorphosis of his idiom and subject a full individual voice." Each one's poetic career shows accretion and maturation: Nick Joaquin, Bienvenido Santos, Edith Tiempo, Cirilo Bautista - show that the poet constantly makes new discoveries in his own field of vision (his own distinctive sbuject matter) and transforms his mode of expression conformably to them. . . thus, whatever be the poetic influences in his work or the regnant critical theory of his time, the work of imagination is achieved chiefly by the poet's own solitary labor, that is, the long creative struggle to forge from one's medium (say, English) a language to discover and express one's subject. Isagani Cruz's "The Other Other: Towards a Post Colonial Peotics" Aha! So for Philippine literature, its undertheorization is due to this: "[a] stem[ming] from the internalization of a hegemonic universalization of culturally imperialistic, pre- or anti-theoretical quasi-formalistic, mechanically reflectionist, white patriarchy! "I submit that the inequitable distributuion of critical wealth can be traced to, among other things, colonialism, orientalism, and hegemony."

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Words of the ONE-- I have to remind myself

WHAT BETTER INSPIRATION THAN THIS? So far, this has been the best new year celebration ever. The simplest, but the best. And what better way to kick off than to remember these words from the ONE. So this new year,make new plans for yourself and for the world. You say after midnight, the new year will begin, so ho will you celebrate the new year? As the old year will bid goodbye, similarly, have you also made the determined thought to bid goodbye to old thoughts & sanskars along w/ the old year? You have to bid goodbye to everything old in the old year and create new thoughts of zeal and enthusiasm & then bring them into practical form, won't you? Therefore, think, what newness will you bring in yourself? Churn & contemplate on it. W/c waves of zeal and enthusiasm will you spread? What type of thoughts will you create to to spread a powerful atmosphere? In particular, the treasure of time should never, never be wasted even for a second. Make good use of time. Starting at amrit vela, make a determined thought that I will become an embodiment of elevated consciousness that success is my birthright and a garland around my neck. MY SPIRITUAL WELL-BEING COMES FIRST ON THE LIST!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

They say . . .

They say that what you do on the first day of the year is something that is fated to be your disposition or your destiny for the rest of the year. So let's see if this saying is indeed true. Shall be put this to the test?! So I'm blogging now. Does THAT mean that because I did such that this year will fare out to be better in terms of realizing writing everyday a reality? We shall see! New Year's resolutions 1. drink more water 2. more positive thoughts 3. do more than just say 4. eat healthier 5. not use the car. Walk. 6. balanced life! 7. balanced state of mind! More resolutions. The internet is witness. . . so this better be good.