CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

The Poet and the Garden: The Green World of Bienvenido N Santos

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

1989

Publication Title

World Literature Written in English

ISSN

1744-9855

Volume

29

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Excerpt

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.

DOI

10.1080/17449858908589092

Peer Reviewed

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