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Thursday, November 11, 2004


Manalang Gloria's poems are also evocative of the syllabic nature of native verse forms and the metrical romance and other syllabic poems. Her poems also seem to show some influence of seventeenth-century poetry or independent thought of each quatrain in metrical romance in its fondness for the dodecasyllabic or twelve-syllable line. The dodecasyllabic quatrain carries a melancholic air. Like in this poem, the poetic persona looks back in the past with fond memories. He/ she appeals to be remembered in private moments, from time to time. This poem strikes me because it speaks of wanting to be left unforgotten. It speaks of moments to be cherished and kept in the very heart.
Shirlyn Karen M. Reinares

Angela Manalang-Gloria

I shall haunt you O my lost one, as the twilight
Haunts a re-entangled trail,
And your dreams will linger strangely with the music
Of a phantom lover’s tale,
You shall not forget, for I am past forgetting,
I shall come to you again
With the starlight and the scent of white champacas,
And the melody of rain.
You shall not forget. Dust will peer into your
Window, tragic-eyed and still,
And unbidden, startle you into remembrance
With its hand upon the still.

Source: Dimalanta, Ophelia A., Virginia M. Mata. Philippine Contemporary Literature in English: Tradition and Change( From the 20’s to the Present). University of Santo Tomas: UST Publishing House, 2001.


Blogger darvin's species said...

I can't help but feel a bit frightened with the poem because of the way it was written and the words used; in effect, the persona can be credited as a "stalker". Also, "Haunts" is a strong word. It really gives the impression that the persona is determined to look for his "lost one". The poem also gives this "forceful" feeling. It is suggesting that the persona is commanding that he/she be not forgotten. Don't get me wrong, it is a good poem. :)

--Tintin Vera--

December 12, 2004 at 6:58 PM

Blogger darvin's species said...

after initially reading the poem, i was really creeped out!:s the mood of the poem is very eerie which i think emphasizes the persona's purpose of wanting to be remembered. on the other hand, its tone is rather authoritative, which was achieved through the repetitive use of the word, shall.

December 12, 2004 at 9:38 PM

Blogger darvin's species said...

forgot to place my name-> clarissa chan banaag

December 12, 2004 at 9:41 PM

Blogger darvin's species said...

oh this is a really freaky poem. being put into a position of the lover the persona addresses is quite a scare. despite this creepy feeling, there is sadness in the air to. the persona isn't letting go of his love, even after death. there is a mixture of a frighteningly and depressingly romantic tone to it. actually, the fear felt by the audience would give emphasis to the persona's holding-on-to-his-love. and even to give more power to his love is the choice of strong,dominating words (ahall, haunt, twilight) entangled among more visually pleasant ones (starlight, scent, melody). it is an interesting poem, very emotional and amorous in a macabre manner

---ken rosales---

December 13, 2004 at 6:17 PM

Anonymous FreqIANcy said...

Good work. I love it very clear. " I shall haunt you oh my lost one, as a twilight haunts a re-entangled trail." this quote is full of darkness within, sadness to have his own end. :) thumbs up!!

--Ian Loyola--

July 4, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! what a wonderful poem i can't full imagine that was a work of one of our own fipilina poets....gud job.....

August 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! what a wonderful poem i can't full imagine that was a work of one of our own fipilina poets....gud job.....

August 22, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Blogger Bing Bing said...

I now realized that a ghost could also feel loneliness to the one s/he leaves...this is a wonderful poem by Angela Manalang-Gloria.

May 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM


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