Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Poem written beneath a blue lampshade

Jose Garcia Villa is the undisputed Filipino supremo of the "artsakists." His ideas on literature were provocative. He stirred strong feelings. He published his series of erotic poems, "Man Songs" in 1929, which was too bold for the staid UP administrators, who summarily suspended him from the university.

This poem talks about a love that is free and has no fears. It used nature as an inspiration implying the freedom it has.

Gel Bonifacio

Poem Written Beneath A Blue Lampshade
Jose Garcia Villa

I speak this poem tenderly
It being for you
For you only – We were not
Afraid and we did take love
We had no fears.
We knew love we knew it and
We were dancers for it
And also
We were rivers, we were moonlight
And also we were winds
As also
We were gods. And all this
Is remembrance, and all this
Is desire.
But also it is love.



Anonymous said...

the poem is beautiful. i think when a person feels loved, he thinks that he's such a wonderful person that he feels like he's the luckiest person in the world.. i guess it's true.. might as well try. :P
- annalou maxine l. pagador

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Love indeed has a way of conquering man's own inadequacies and inexplicably altering them into something magnificent. It has the power to completely transform his own perspective and change man into something way beyond his/her own identity as mortal beings (we were gods). This poem makes love sound so strong and formidable that simple adjectives would not be enough to bear witness to it. I suspect that it was written when J.G.V. was so in love that he was overwhelmed by its greatness. - maura rosario a. gregorio

vix said...

This poem describes that love is able to elicit bliss, if both parties in a relationship feel as if they are meant for each other. This is what happens when high levels of oxytocin and pheromones, chemical signals that induce feelings of elation, consume a person in the initial stages of romance. The persona might have experienced this surge of desire that paved thoughts of idealism, which the feeling of love brings, as supported by lines 7 to 14. When a person is in love, he not only feels desire from this natural process- he also wants to share himself completely with his significant other.

-Victoria Hernandez R16

The Jaywalker said...

Basically, it's saying that with love anything can happen. Yes, it is free. Though, is that the only side of love? Man is born free according to Jean Jacques Rosseau but Man also has chains. Therefore, the poem only shows Love's optimistic side. And is love really free? Or is it just an idealistic way of wanting Love to be what the writer wants it to be?