CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Modern Philippine Poetry in the Formative Years: 1920-1950

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

7-1984

Publication Title

Ariel: A Review of International English Literature

ISSN

0004-1327

Volume

15

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

Excerpt

Modern Philippine poetry in English originated in the 1920's and began to come of age in the 1930's. Although at the outset the poetry was overly sentimental and imitative, by the mid-1930's several poets had developed their art to a promising degree. Then advancement of Philippine poetry was halted by the Japanese occupation of World Wa r II and by chaotic conditions in the first few post-war years. It was not until the 1950's, therefore, that the poetry finally matured. This curve of development in Philippine letters can be traced in the early works of three of the greatest Philippine writers of the modern period : Bienvenido N . Santos, N . V . M . Gonzalez, and Carlos Bulosan.

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