New Critical Reading on Gabu

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January 21, 2013

“Gabu” by Carlos Angeles
A New Critical Reading

Carlos A. Angeles was born in Tacloban City, Leyte on May 25, 1921. He finished high school in Rizal High during the year 1938 and proceeded to college, going to various universities such as Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines (where he became a member of the UP Writers’ Club), and Central Luzon Colleges. He, however, stopped and did not return to school after World War II. Despite this, he had a notable career, working at various institutions. He first worked at the Philippine Bureau of International News Service from 1950 to 1958. He went on as a guest of the US State Department on a Smith-Mund¬t leader grant. He also worked as a press assistant under the
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Moving on to the second stanza, we still see the same tone. The sea is still furious, as its hearts “bashes” “brutally” for a daylong. It is described to be bashing against the seascape – again, an imagery of something beautiful being ravaged by the sea. Lines 7 and 8 introduce us to a new kind of feeling and sensation. Whereas the preceding lines talk mostly about brutalities and destruction, these two lines give us the sensations, feelings, and emotions that are associated with and brought about by such atrocities. It describes rock-stones parting because of the never-ending desolation of the sea. The persona here paints a picture of rocks breaking, falling apart as the sea hits them continuously with massive amounts of force. They then fall into the “elemental wound”. By this, he refers to the deep depths of the seas where the rock fragments eventually settle. What have been standing durable and robust (the rocks) for a very long time have been wrecked by the seas, causing them to fall slowly, and slowly be forgotten into the deep depths of the oceans. This sort of imagery makes the reader feel an emotion of sadness and despair. These emotions of sadness linger as we progress through the stanzas. On the third stanza, the persona begins by talking about “waste of centuries grey and dead”. Remember that in the first stanza, he refers to