AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 6, Number1. February 2022 Pp.117- 135
An Ecocritical Reading of Selected Sidays in Baldesco’s Poetic Anthology “Kawit”
Erwin Lesbos Purcia
Education Program Supervisor-English, Department of Education
Schools Division of Calbayog City, Samar, Philippines
Received:12/18/2021 Accepted: 2/21/2022 Published: 2/27/2022
This paper unpacked and unearthed the ecocritical semantics in the Sidays of Filipino writer, Nemesio “Totoy” Baldesco who is widely recognized for his works in Siday, a form of Philippine poetry known for its distinct use of the Waray language spoken in the provinces of Samar and Leyte. Anchored on the principles of Ecocritical Theory, this paper sought to explore the ecocritical semantics (i.e. the symbolic lines, images, and symbolisms), and environmental meaning present in the six ecological Siday pieces from Baldesco’s poetic anthology. Results show that Baldesco’s Siday pieces contain ecocritical semantics that didactically moralizes people to protect the environment. Furthermore, the Siday pieces also moralize how humans should protect, preserve and conserve the environment. This paper concludes with a discussion on the need to promote and expand literary studies involving local literature in the Philippines.
Keywords: Ecocritical semantics, ecocriticism, environment, siday, local literature, Poetic anthology
Cite as: Purcia, E. L. (2022). An Ecocritical Reading of Selected Sidays in Baldesco’s Poetic Anthology “Kawit”.
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