CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Critics of Philippine Poets

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

1-1-1999

Publication Title

Philippine Studies

ISSN

2244-1093

Volume

47

Issue/No.

4

Abstract

Excerpt

If a prominent Filipino poet publishes a collection of verse or has a single poem or a group of poems in a prestigious anthology, literary critics usually take notice. When Carlos Angeles published A Stun of Jewels, for instance, not only did contemporary reviewers like Dharam, Makabenta, and Mercado react in the newspapers, but so did, over the years, critics like San Juan and Tiempo in journal articles. And even before his first book, Angeles had come to the attention of Edwardson because of excellent individual works.

However, although there are exemptions—cf., my "Half-Velvet and Half-Trapped" and "Epifanio San Juan, Jr., as Poet," respectively discussions of an outstanding poem by a relatively obscure author and a discussion of a prominent author of three collections of verse published over several decades—meritorious works still can fall by the explicatory wayside.

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