“ANG HUBAD NA MAKATA”
NAKAUSAP MO NA BA SINA SHAKESPEARE, BYRON, KEATS, BROWNING O DICKINSON
MASKI SA PANAGINIP LANG?
NAKIPAGLARO KA NA BA SA KANILA SA BATIS?
TUMAKBONG HUBO’T HUBAD KASAMA SILA?
ISANG HUBAD NA MAKATA ANG MABUBUHAY MULI
SASALI SA ISANG SIRKITO NG MGA MAGKAKAIBIGAN…
AT IBABALIK ANG SINING NG MGA “MAKATA”…
AKAPIN NATIN ANG HUBAD NA MAKATA.
IPAPALASAP NIYA SA LAHAT ANG KANYANG KUMIKINANG NA KALULUWA..
NA HINDI NAAGAW NG KOMERSYO AT KOMERSYALISMO…
ISANG MAKATANG MABUBUHAY MULI-
SINO NGA BA SIYA? ABANGAN!
(mula sa nilikhang mga salita ni robert manuguid silverio, kasama ang “67” na kinabibilangan niya- habang inaabangan ang pagdating ng isang panibagong makatang kaibigan- sa panahong tanging sila lamang ang nakakalam).*
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Top 5 Most Influential Poets That The World Has Ever Seen
Poetry is said to be the purest form of the language. When poets compose, the language progresses with their progression, their thoughts, their evaluation, their implementation. Their compositions redefine the varied perceptions that people have, of the world. They have upheld the power of art, and highlighted the immortality of art in the most pioneering of ways. Poetry is not just about talent or wordplay, not about being famous or celebrated. It is about expression, expression of man’s deepest desires, convictions, conflicts, aspirations. Lyrics, symbolisms, monologues, anagrams, every kind of poetry brings forth ideas and thoughts in ways that are unheard of via other mediums. Therefore, as powerful as the medium is, there have been a number of influential people whose works have defined the development of poetry and made a profound impact on their contemporary cultures or later. They still headline as the masters of poetry and shape how we understand the past, the present and the future…
5. Dante Alighieri
Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself
In dark woods, the right road lost.
He is supposed to be a controversial choice for this category because he is known for just one major work, The Divine Comedy. However, that was enough to cement his reputation as a formidable voice in the world of poetry. The Divine Comedy is the singular body of work that allowed Italian to compete with Latin or French as a language that was fluid and lyrical enough for powerful expressions. And very aptly, he is known as the Father of Italian language today. His life was a chronicle of bitter political struggles and unrequited love, all of which found magical expression in The Comedy. Today, he is recognized as one of the Classical masters of poetry, a go-to reference for any poet who wants to understand the various facets of man, sins, redemption, and the search for The Supreme One. His poignant, powerful sketches of the medieval belief of afterlife, is a work of exhaustive allegories. And if you were wondering why it is called a comedy, even though there is absolutely no ‘humor’ in the proximity of the cadences, it is just that it was written in a ‘low’ language, i.e. Italian instead of Latin that was typically the language preferred for serious matters.
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
He is typically famous for his quintessential plays whose lustre has not faded even one bit over the centuries; I was surprised to see that very few people were aware that he was a prolific sonneteer too! (Quick note – A sonnet is a poem of exactly 14 lines. If curious, read here more.) Examining his case, he is no doubt the most dominant and popular writer of English ever born, every literate person on earth knowing who he is. Quite something! His plays were written exclusively in verses, in conversational styles pertaining to the Elizabethan Age, when his fame rose, preceded him and subsequently immortalized his stature as a poet. He left behind him a legacy of two long narrative poems and a collection of 154 sonnets, sonnets that are supposed to have been written over the whole period of his lifetime, for a private readership. They are sequential, their meaning lies not just exclusively just one, but the sequences, function as a whole. The sequence of 154 sonnets is divided into two, the first 126 sonnets are dedicated to one man, someone he refers to as ‘ the fair youth’ and the other seemingly about a lady with a dark complexion called, well, the ‘dark lady’. Who these people definitively are is shrouded in a much disputed mystery, but his poignant poems, along with his dramas, did change how poets in the subsequent ages wrote, and thought, about love, passion, procreation, death and time.
3. Walt Whitman
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Called the Father of the Free Verse, Walt Whitman is one of the most influential American poets the world has seen till date. Humanist in outlook, he was a part of the transitional period between transcendentalism and realism in American literary history and through his poignant-free verses, he broke the boundaries of poetry and made them almost prose – without disturbing their lyrical appeal. He is hailed as America’s ‘poet of democracy’, as his tone was fresh, a distinctive American tone, his voice rising up from America’s soil and society. Whitman wrote in the preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, “The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.” His most famous collection of poetry, Leaves Of Grass, was an attempt to reach out to the common man with an American Epic, a collection that has now become an essential reading to understand the American spirit. He was considered as a messiah, a quintessential male figure who, most interestingly, was the inspiration behind the personality of the very famous Count Dracula written by his friend Bram Stoker!
2. Pablo Neruda
You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep spring from coming.
Chilean poet-diplomat and politician, he became famous as a poet while he was still a teenager. He adopted a number of styles to culminate in a formidable person’s voice, his poetry charged with passion that was at once both personal and political. His first collection was financed by himself, a collection he published against the wishes of his family, therefore, under the now famous pseudonym, Pablo Neruda (he was born as Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto) and it was called Crepusculario (“Twilight”). It was a success and then after the success of his second volume, Neruda decided to give up academics to pursue poetry. In 1927, Neruda began his long career as a diplomat in the Latin American tradition of honoring poets with diplomatic assignments. He has been acclaimed the most important poet of the 20th century by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971. He was so much loved and revered that on the day of his funeral, thousands of people thronged the streets to mourn against the dictate of the military government who had declared a curfew that day.
Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.
Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī, more popular in the English-speaking world simply as Rumi, was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. His importance has transcended the borders imposed by nationality and ethnicity , his spiritual legacy vibrant through the seven centuries since his. His works have been translated into several languages and have been extremely influential in the literature of the middle east and south Asia. He is a pioneer in world literature because very few could explain the inner self, or personal growth, philosophy in such clear and distinct terms as he did. His writings are a brilliant reflection of the philosophical drive behind the early Sufi traditions. Today, his poetry is spoken about in not only the churches, monasteries, synagogues, but also quoted in street performances and pop art. He is often described as ‘the most popular poet in the US’. His reputation encompasses the entire world; his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia. He truly is still alive in the hearts of poetry lovers in every corner of the world and this makes him a perfect global icon.