May mga rules pa rin kahit free verse

by Alexander Dagrit ( | )

 

 

May mga pamantayan pa rin kahit sa malayang taludturan.

Katulad ito ng kalayaan (freedom). Sa bansa natin, may kalayaan subalit libo-libo ang mga nasusulat at di-nasusulat na batas na dapat sundin nating mga mamamayan upang manatiling maayos, payapa, desente, at sibilisado ang ating lipunan.

Ganoon din sa free verse. Hindi porke free, kahit ano na lang ang puwedeng gawin. May mga batas na dapat pa ring sundin.

Hindi po ako ang maysabi nito kundi ang mga dalubhasa sa panitikan. Tunghayan natin ang sinasabi tungkol sa malayang taludturan ng premyadong manunulat na si Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista:

 

 

"Good Fiction in a Writing Workshop"

By Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista 

Published in Philippine Panorama, May 28,2006, p. 25. 

 

IN the 7th UST Creative Writing Workshop, held last May 2-6 in Manila and Tagaytay, the fictionists had a better grasp of their craft than the poets had of theirs.

The poets, who were more in number, failed to reflect in their works the excellence demanded by poetic structure and content. They had the notion that free verse was poetry written any way they wanted and that they could write about anything.

We had to remind them that it was best to write about things that they knew and that there was really nothing “free” about free verse.  Though it rejects specific stanzaic measures, rhymes, and poetic techniques associated with traditional verse, it must observe a body of rules that dictates its shape and sound.

To write free verse, therefore, is not simply a matter of chopping sentences into random linear fragments.

The matter of how long or short a line should depend on the natural system of breathing.

The originators of free verse believed that the language of the poem should be as close as possible to common speech – in rhythm, diction, and tempo.

Thus, the justification for the length of the lines in free verse is the ease and naturalness of its effect on oral reading. The lines should not render us breathless because they are very long, nor force us to speak in staggering phrases because they are very short.

"Free verse is like free love," wrote G. K. Chesterton, "it is a contradiction in terms."

For there is no such thing as freedom in any art form, though the good artists create that illusion. Since art is a way of producing things, there is always a system involved in the production.

 

 

 

"Again, the Importance of Orthodox Poetic Forms"

By Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista

Published in Philippine Panorama, November 19, 2006, p.25.

 

WE are editing an anthology of poetry by young Filipino poets, and we notice that a majority of them do not give importance to traditional poetic forms.

Whether this is out of ignorance or simply a defiant choice, we do not know. But it is clear that they do not explore the structures of sonnets, villanelles, or sestina, for instance; neither do they employ rhymes and rhyme-schemes. They seem to think that metrical configurations are matters of accidents, not to be pursued for some rational intention. Consequently, their lines possess an unnatural and primitive breakage. The first because they do not harmonize with ordinary breathing and the second because they violate the essentials of speech patterns.

This is Jose Garcia Villa’s point when he said that “Filipino poets are tuneless.” He was referring to the unskilled poets, those who hide behind the skirts of free verse to justify their ignorance of form.

They have no lyrical consciousness; they have no sympathy with aural harmonics; they do not exercise a polyphonic sensibility. Because they treat a poem as an object to be seen rather than be heard, they push it to an unmitigated silence.

But knowledge of form is important whether we speak of poetry in the visual (or printed) mode or in the aural (or heard) mode. Both modes, after all, are linguistic, and anything related to language is part of the form.

Unfortunately, the invention of printing fixed the physical property of a poem on the page, thereby pinning it to a largely pictographic personality. We do not so much hear it as we see it.

This removes from it the necessity of auditory radiation, of musical excellence, and reduces it to a soundless visual performance.

When poets perpetuate this situation, they do poetry a disservice. Villa called them "earless."

Thus, such a poem loses integrity when removed from the page because the words are revealed to be merely artificially connected to each other. They sound prosaic.

But the true test of a poem is in the reading aloud of it, not in the silent contemplation of it. Only after the sounds of it are properly apprehended by audition can we proceed to other processes of analysis.

 

 


by Alexander Dagrit on November 6, 2010 - 11:41am

 

Muli kong ipino-post ang mga bagay na ito hindi upang makipagdebate na naman.

Ipinopost ko ulit ang mga ito upang ibahagi sa mga nais sumang-ayon. Hindi ko po ipinaggigiitan ang mga ito sa lahat. Para lamang ang mga ito sa mga may gusto ng mga ito.

Kung ayaw ng iba, paniniwala nila iyon. Kanya-kanya po tayo ng paniniwala.

At muli, inuulit ko na hindi po ako ang nagsabi ng mga bagay na ito kundi ang mga dalubhasa sa panitikan.

Kung nais salungatin ang mga ito ng iba, hindi ako ang dapat tuligsain kundi ang mga maysabi ng mga ito.

 

 

Ang Tugma, Sukat, at Alindog sa Tradisyonal na Panulaang Pilipino

Kultong Rizalismo (sanaysay ni Jon E. Royeca)

 

 

by Alexander Dagrit on November 6, 2010 - 11:43am

 

I won’t add any comments, positive or negative, to other posts for the next 73 years to keep myself from getting into heated arguments, which usually divert towards getting personal.

I'll just add comments to my own posts from now on.

 

 

Ang Tugma, Sukat, at Alindog sa Tradisyonal na Panulaang Pilipino

Kultong Rizalismo (sanaysay ni Jon E. Royeca)

 

 

by RJ Santos on November 7, 2010 - 11:25pm

Natawa naman ako sa 73 years.

Seriously, Ginoo, okay ka naman magcomment e, noong hindi mo ini-impose yung ideas mo sa iba. Gaya na lang yung comment mo sa isang tula dito na noong una ay gumamit ng tugma pero hindi na ito napangatawanan sa mga huling linya. Sa akin, ayos lang ang magpahayag ng opinyon, basta hindi natin ito ini-impose sa iba sa pamamagitan ng pagsasabi na mali ang sumasalangat na opinyon.

 

 

:) 

by magsinoalvin on August 13, 2011 - 6:22pm

kaya pala..  sayang naman, ngayon ko lang nababasa.. sa lahat pa nman ng mga comments na nakikita ko dito sa fw.. yung mga comment nio ang pinakanapapakinabangan ko.. they're helping me a lot

:(

comment ka ulit, Sir Dagrit.. encouraging talga yung mga post nio dito.. 

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by Alexander Dagrit on August 29, 2011 - 8:27pm

 

Gusto kong magkome-komento ulit sa FW. Kaya nga lamang, sa kasalukuyan, medyo taghirap.

Pero, thank you, kasi parang nami-miss mo ako kahit hindi naman tayo magkakilala.

Pangunahing rekomendado ko ito sa sinumang nais magmakata:

http://www.filipinowriter.com/ang-mga-tinig-sa-tradisyonal-moderno-at-po...

Sana nabasa mo na.

Sige.

 

 

Ang Tugma, Sukat, at Alindog sa Tradisyonal na Panulaang Pilipino

Kultong Rizalismo (sanaysay ni Jon E. Royeca)

 

by magsinoalvin on August 31, 2011 - 11:57am

thank you sir, nabasa ko na po ito.. :)

by Jack A. Alvarez on November 6, 2010 - 12:21pm

Alam mo, nung naging fellow rin ako sa 9th UST National Creative Writing Workshop, dun ko rin napansin ang mga flaws at mali ko sa pagsusulat ng tula. Akala ko noon nung mapili ako bilang isa sa mga fellows, ay napakagaling ko na (hahahahaha!) Anewez, masaya ako na isa ako sa nabigyan ng pagkakataon.

Ang Uste Workshop pala ay pinamahalaan kapwa ni Sir Cirilo at Ms. Ophie. Last Thursday, nabalitaan ko na si Ms. Ophie (kilala sa tawag na OAD, Ms. Ophelia Dimalanta) ay pumanaw na. 'Ms. Ophie, we love you always.'

Muli, maraming salamat sa pagbahagi nito.

http://jackofspades01.multiply.com/

by magsinoalvin on December 19, 2014 - 5:10am

sana may nagpopost pa rin ng mga ganitong article dito sa FW... marami namang magagaling na members dito na may kakayahang magpost ng ganito.  reminder kumbaga..

nakakahawa kasi yung mga magagaling, at minsan nakakahiya magpost ng sinulat kung may pagkukumparahan ka na alam mong talagang maganda yung pagkakagawa.

matagal akong tumigil sa pagsusulat.. ngayon nahihirapan na talaga ko magsulat ulit.  kung hindi puro cliche ang pakiramdam ko sa bawat isusulat ko, walang matinong patutungahan..

 

by cassandra on July 1, 2015 - 4:43pm

SSShh.. Secret lang natin toh

 Kamusta Alexander Dagrit..

by aldrin t garcia on July 26, 2015 - 9:13pm

BREATHING. That's it!