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Jose Garcia Villa 55 Poems


By: J. Villa

When the world shall come to its end
On the world's last Love I'll stand.
O God Will try to push me down but I
With all my force will push Him back.

He shall not be able to put out Love at all.
O I'll guard It, guard it, guard it!
And the world cannot die with Love glowing, burning,
O the world cannot die out at all.

Doomsday will be shattered, shattered!
Shattered by my standing there:
God will see whom He is contending with
And, O, He will revolve the world again.

Translated By: H. Francia

Pag ang mundo'y papalapit na sa kanyang katapusan
Sa huling Pagibig ng mundo ako titindig.
O ang Maykapal ay susubuking itulak ako nang pababa nguni't
Sa pamamagitan ng lahat kong Lakas ay itutulak Ko Siya nang pabalik.

Hindi Niya Makakayang patayin ang Pagibig sa anumang paraan.
OAking babantayan ito, babantayan ito, babantayan ito!
At ang mundo'y di maaaring mamatay kung ang Pagibig ay nagbabaga, nagliliyab,
O ang mundo'y di maaaring mamatay sa anumang paraan.

Ang Katapusang-ng- mundo'y madudurog, madudurog!
Madudurog sa aking pagtindig doon:
Makikita ng Maykapal kung sino ang Kanyang Katalo
At, O, Kanyang paiikuting muli ang mundo.

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Jose Garcia Villa

Citattion of the National Artist Award conferred on Jose Garcia Villa by the Philippine Government

on June 12, 1973

Jose Garcia Villa is one of the finest contemporary poets regardless of race or language. When Have Come , Am Here, the first of his poems to be published in the West, broke upon the surprised consciousness of readers, it was immediately acclaimed for its beauty of language, intensity of thought and a fierce religious spirit absent in the poetry of his age.

Villa's theme are universal- the meaning of self, man's combat with God, the passion of love. He inhabits a timeless world, like the great poets of any language. and rise the ultimate questions about the meaning of life.

The center of Villa's universe is man, the puny inhabitant of a tiny planet, and the poet measures him fearlessly in the scale of perfection, which is God. He affirms God with a lyric exaltation allied to the religious mystics. Yet, on behalf of man, he challeges God in a daring afirmation that the creature made in His image contains in himself the seeds of His perfection.

To the art of poetry Villa introduced the reversed consonance ryhme scheme for greater subtlety and discipline, and the "comma poems" which glorify the punctuation mark by a strangely innovative functional and poetic use.

Villa's poems are distillates of wisdom and passion, couched in language of grave beauty and measured grace. In the country of the poet's imagination, word and thought often have a fresh but baffling "strangeness." This surely springs from the mixed Filipino cultural heritage which shapes the contours of the poet's thoughts and confers on his created language its characteristic ring and flavor. With Villa the Philippines is fixed firmly on the literary map of the world.


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