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Friday, November 12, 2004

The Rural Maid

The language comes alive not from the present words and their common meanings, but from the usage which enables our senses to achieve reality. Fernando Maramag was an excellent poet and journalist in English. His rich style and deep understanding of the human nature make his poems appealing to all readers.

In his poem, The Rural Maid, the persona is a guy who fell in love with a girl. Even if he left, the memory of his maiden still remains in him; proving that his love for her transcends time and distance. I especially like the last 2 lines since they visualize and magnify his love for her.

-Tintin Vera-


The Rural Maid
By Fernando M. Maramag

Thy glance, sweet maid, when first we met,
Had left a heart that aches for thee,
I feel the pain of fond regret—
Thy heart, perchance, is not for me.

We parted: though we met no more,
My dreams are dreams of thee, fair maid;
I think of thee, my thoughts implore
The hours my lips on thine are laid.

Forgive these words that love impart,
And pleading, bare the poet’s breast;
And if a rose with thorns thou art,
Yet on my breast that rose may rest.

I know not what to name thy charms,
Thou art half human, half divine;
And if I could hold thee in my arms,
I know both heaven and earth were mine.

sources: http://www.comcentrum.ph/whoswho_journalism/Maramag,%20Fernando/maramag.htm
http://www.geocities.com/icasocot/maramag_poems.html

4 Comments:

Blogger darvin's species said...

(aaaaw...)This poem is so sad but I like how love is shown by the lover. His love for his beloved is so unconditional and transcendental.
(Ma. Daphne Regina T. Toledo)

December 12, 2004 at 5:55 PM

 
Blogger darvin's species said...

haay.. after reading this poem i thought to myself... how lucky the maiden was to be loved by someone like the persona. in our modern times, a knight in shinning armor is hard to come by.. so girls, if ever you do spot one.. snag him right away! it's a wonderful feeling to be loved by someone very much.. as the song goes.. " the only thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return.. "
--------------King Echiverri

December 12, 2004 at 7:24 PM

 
Blogger darvin's species said...

loyalty, respect, sincerity. the three things you can rarely find these days in men and women as well. all these were beautifully exemplified by the poet. :) i love how the persona in the poem admired the maid. the line "Thou art half human, half divine" shows how much the persona in the poem appreciated the maid's beauty and i assume her personality as well. the last two lines truly were beautiful (anganda tintin! you are so right!haha), it embodies the persona's sincerity for the maid and how true the persona's love was for the maid- clarissa chan banaag

December 12, 2004 at 8:49 PM

 
Blogger darvin's species said...

Being love by someone so sweet and true, such as the persona, is every girl’s dream. (Nowadays, genuine knight in shining armors are really hard to find, and whenever I’ll find one, I'll snag him right away. Haha.=D) The poem is so sad because the love is one-sided. Yet, even if the persona knows he is not loved back, he still loves her unconditionally. -cherry

December 20, 2004 at 12:18 AM

 

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