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“Thinking of banana trees rotting In the sunlight. The man who watches over it Has commandeered all hopes, Placed them in a sack, And tied its loose end He goes around carrying it On his back. The banana tress rotting symbolizes the hope of the people fading away. The hope of citizens are then took by their leader. This is similar to what Ferdinand Marcos has done to the Filipinos before. Poverty and corruption caused by the government, brought wealth to the Marcos family and made the countrymen suffer. “He says, ‘Just a handful of feathers, Just a handful of feathers. That’s how light the burden Of government is in peace time Any tyrant can turn it into a metaphor. These lines symbolize the dictatorship of the leader. Marcos made the hopes of Filipinos fade. He was also known to have stolen millions of pesos and have violated multiple human rights, which include the people’s right to live and freedom of speech and expression. Hopes of the countrymen seems to be of little value and could be easily thrown away for a leader like Marcos. “You kneel on the parched earth And pray for rice. Only the wind Hears your useless words. The lines symbolize the Filipinos hoping for a change. Sadly, these hopes can’t be heard by the government because they have turned a deaf ear to everyone. “The country without miracles Tries to get up from the page, But the bold ink and sharp colors Hold it down. Lastly, these lines symbolize that the country wanted to stand up and hold their hopes high. However, they were not able to do it for the damage that the Martial Law has brought the country was hard to heal. The bold in and shar colors signify the letters in protests, headlines, and even in books. These evidences of Martial Law will be part of history. Lesson 2 Poetry Analysis 2
21 st Century Literature Lesson 2 Essay Analysis Objectives: 1. Value the contributions of local writers to the development of regional literary traditions. 2. Identify how tone is related to literary style and how both help create a unique meaning in the essay. 3. Respond critically to the essay and consequently articulate this response through skit. Adaptations Read the essay: HOME OF THE ASHFALL by John Jack Wigley (Pampanga) Activity: Answer the table after reading the essay. Lesson 2 Essay Analysis Main Ideas of the essay 5 incidents in the essay Tone the speaker has in narrating each incident Style of the writer by describing how he used words and sentences 1. The eruption of Mount Pinatubo was recorded as the largest eruption to affect a densely populated area. Ash fall, which formed a weighty, rain- drenched snow- like film, affected almost the entire island of Luzon. The author read several news and warning about Mt. Pinatubo, weeks before the eruption. He saw the parked-cars covered with what seemed like a whitish-gray blanket after watching a film.

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