‘This scene so fair’: Filipino English poetry, 1905–2005

Gémino H. Abad

in Philippine English

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099470
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207264 | DOI:
‘This scene so fair’: Filipino English poetry, 1905–2005

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This chapter provides a brief overview of the course of Filipino poetry in English from 1905 to the present. It discusses three transformative phases or dominant strains: an inveterate Romantic spirit, from the first published literary attempts in 1905 to the 1940s; then, an enduring formalist or “New Critical” commitment, from the 1950s to the 1970s; and finally, a kind of open clearing, a poststructuralist or postmodernist temper, from the 1980s to the present.

Keywords: Filipino poetry; poetry; transformative phases; Romantic spirit; New Critical commitment

Chapter.  8634 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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