Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Short Guide to Reading the Poem, "The Sea Cannot Touch" by Dr. Cirilo Bautista


The Sea Cannot Touch

The sea cannot touch me now
nor the sky
in this room whose arms are
your arms

They would spell the night
I took you for my wife
I do not think of candles in that church
Though they were there

the priest the words though they
were there
I think only of your sad
beautiful face following

the nothing there/the nothing
to construct our lives with/hoping
the singing birds would come
and house among its branches

These are the questions I use as a guide to deeply understand and appreciate poetry 
specifically the poem, "The Sea Cannot Touch" by Dr. Cirilo Bautista, Philippine National Artist for Literature 2014:

1. How do the repeated vowel sounds - assonance - project the mood of the poem?

2. How do some words and some lines slow you down?

3. How well does the pace match the content?

4. Describe the pictures you see in your mind as you read the poem?

5. How do the images work together?