The Poet and the Garden: The Green World of Bienvenido N Santos
Department of Literature and Modern Languages
World Literature Written in English
In two lines of "Gift Bearers," one of his most impressive poems, Bienvenido N. Santos, of the Philippines' greatest living authors, symbolically presents his world-view: "... a happy valley where a wounded stag/Lies down to dies under poplars flecked by morning" (70). The paradox of these two lines, that a valley can be happy even when a wounded stag lies down to die in it, is explained by "flecked." Santos, like Hopkins, sees beauty and order in dappled and mottled scenes.1 Though life contains both dark and light, evil and good, tragic and comic aspects, it ultimately forms a pattern.2 Life is not random; however, mixed blessings of a checkered design are, there is a design.
Grow, L. M. (1989). The Poet and the Garden: The Green World of Bienvenido N Santos. World Literature Written in English, 29 (1) https://doi.org/10.1080/17449858908589092