October 26, 2012
Betrayal, hate, anger are emotions inevitable in literature. Cirilo F. Bautista once said that you can avoid anger but not love in a literary narrative. While the same is true, the statement should be construed as: Love and Anger, they come in pairs.
Kabalintunaan, parikala or irony–this is one result of the joinder of the above emotions. No wonder Florante was “swimming in a river of tears,” for while his love for Laura was indeed sweet, suffering came with it–and betrayal. The narrative moves with more efficacy because the reader, also enmeshed in his own truth–a world of suffering and love, becomes involved. The reader is moved, angered and then gratified after the machinery of poetic justice takes its toll.
Anger indeed, can result from love, and only those who love with utmost sincerity are capable of unequivocal anger. For anger likewise makes the soul burn and strive. It makes the soul want to live, for love merely makes the soul as it is–oblivious of itself.
Anger is to passion. Hence even the law respects this in such that if a married person catches his spouse in sexual intercourse with another, he SHALL kill or inflict injury on her and her paramour, and by virtue of the notion that said killer is only defending his honor, he shall only be penalized with destierro. The same rule applies to a parent who catches his daughter, who is a minor, in the same compromising situation.
Passion makes us human. And all of human education is designed to temper and refine our passion. Poetry, while it must burn with passion, must also be tempered. Economy of language, imagery and conveyance must complement it. Intuitive it must be for poetic language is beyond language, but the spirit of language and of the human soul.