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M. A. Lourdes S. Bautista and Kingsley Bolton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099470

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099470.001.0001

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

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

(p.279) 14 ‘This scene so fair’: Filipino English poetry, 1905–2005
Philippine English

Gémino H. Abad

Hong Kong University Press

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

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