Analyze a Jose Garcia Villa Poem
Directions: Read the following information about Jose Garcia Villa. Then answer the questions.
Jose Garcia Villa was born in Manila, Philippines. He came to the United Statesin 1930 and has resided here ever since. Villa has established an internationalreputation as a short story writer and as a poet, and was awarded the NationalArtist Award for Literature by the Philippine government. His first book ofpoems, Have Come, Am Here (1942), was hailed by American critics such asMarianne Moore and Mark Van Doren. This book received the poetry award ofthe American Academy of Arts and Letters.
"Lyric 17" is an excellent example of the use of the metaphor to create a better understanding of poetry. Final Product Create your own definition of poetry. (You may agree or disagree with Villa'sview.) You may write your definition in prose, or if you like, in poetry form.
First, a poem must be magical,
Then musical as a sea-gull.
It must be a brightness moving
And hold secret a bird's flowering.
It must be slender as a bell,
And it must hold fire as well.
It must have the wisdom of bows
And it must kneel like a rose.
It must be able to hear
The luminance of dove and deer.
It must be able to hide
What it seeks, like a bride.
And over all I would like to hover
God, smiling from the poem's cover.
"First, a poem must be magical
then musical as a sea-gull."
By the time you complete this activity, you should have written seven statements that explain what Villa's definition of a good poem is.
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Create your own definition of poetry. (You may agree or disagree with Villa'sview.) You may write your definition in prose, or if you like, in poetry form.