Despite the guidance provided by their parents and teachers, they still took the path that somehow spoiled their youth. It mirrors the life cycle of a man depending on the decision he came up to. Thus, it is necessary to include this literary piece not only for high school students to study but also for those in tertiary level. By reading closely the story, we can spot symbolisms carefully crafted to metaphorically compared the setting of the story to the life of Dodong, the main character.

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Like a plant that is to Become a tree, so was I Taken out of the little container, Carefully, while earth While Villa agreed with William Carlos Williams that "prose can be a laboratory for metrics", he tried to make the adapted words his own.

His opinion on what makes a good poetry was in contrast to the progressive style of Walt Whitman , concerning which he said: "Poetry should evoke an emotional response. The poet has a breathlessness in him that he converts into a breathlessness of words, which in turn becomes the breathlessness of the reader.

This is the sign of a true poet. All other verse, without this appeal, is just verse. His writing style, as well as his personality and staunch opinions on writing, has often made him considered as an eccentric. An exception or two may arise after a long period of time, but these writers will remain exceptions. The reason why Filipino writers are at a disadvantage in the writing of English poetry—is that they have no oneness with the English language.

They knew, too, that he was an extremely youthful Filipino who had somehow acquired the ability to write a remarkable English prose and who had come to America as a student in the summer of So natural yet in its daring so weird, a poet rich and surprising, and not to be ignored".

He is also on visiting terms with the world. He is more interested in himself than in the universe, and he greets the world with but a decent urbanity. I hold that this is one of the most wonderful short poems of our time, and reading it I knew that I was seeing for the first time the work of a poet with a great, even an astonishing, and perfectly original gift.

On one side, they were irritated by them, calling them "gimmicky". Leonard Casper wrote in New Writings from the Philippines that the technique of putting commas after every word "is as demonstrably malfunctional as a dragging foot".

He was conferred with a honoris causa doctorate degree for literature by Far Eastern University in Manila on and later by University of the Philippines , and the National Artist Award for Literature in Tabios, Ed. The Anchored Angel: Selected Writings. New York: Kaya.


José García Villa

Dodong thought to himself he would tell his father about Teangwhen he got home, after he had unhitched the carabao from the plow, and let it to its shed and fed it. He washesitant about saying it, but he wanted his father to know. What he had to say was of serious import as it wouldmark a climacteric in his life. Dodong finally decided to tell it, at a thought came to him his father might refuse toconsider it.


“FOOTNOTE TO YOUTH” by Jose Garcia Villa

Dodong thought to himself he would tell his father about Teang when he got home, after he had unhitched the carabao from the plow, and led it to its shed and fed it. He was hesitant about saying it, he wanted his father to know what he had to say was of serious importance as it would mark a climacteric in his life. Dodong finally decided to tell it, but a thought came to him that his father might refuse to consider it. He wished as he looked at her that he had a sister who could help his mother in the housework. I will tell him. I will tell it to him.

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