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SAINT COLUMBAN COLLEGE

MAED – ENGLISH

COLLATERAL READING REQUIREMENT

( POETRY )

ON

PHILIPPINE LITERATURE

(FINALS)

BY : AMALIA DALIS ALMADIN


MASTERAND-1

TO : JUSERE ANN C. BASAYA Ed.D.


PROFESSOR
AND IF THE HEART CANNOT LOVE
Jose Garcia Villa

And if the heart cannot love

death can not cure it nor sleep

no splendor of wound the heart

had no sound

Bloom has escaped it and

Birth the miraculous flower

and music and speech leave

it unbewitched

God it can not spell nor sun

nor lover the beautiful word

and it has no sound no sound

nor wound
(1) EMOTIONAL APPROACH ANALYSIS :

 This implies about a person with no love in his heart. Generally stating that, without love is a person with pure

stone heart or Stoic. For whatever happens there’s no pain , sorrow and wounds . Everything is dull and

the heart becomes incurably numb to all the beauty that surrounds it.

 The poem speaks of those people who have given up on love. It tells us that their lives can never be

happy and colourful without the people that will nurture and guide them.

 I place value in this poem for it makes us realize that it is not the heart that loves , rather it is love

that gives meaning to the heart.

 I find it meaningful because I believe in what the poem speaks. It reminds me that living without love ,

even for one’s family and friends , is really not living at all.
(2) CULTURAL APPROACH ANALYSIS :

 In contrary , to the title of the poem “And If The Heart Cannot Love” by Jose Garcia Villa , in a Filipino

Culture , literally , a superficial understanding about love is just being engaged in a relationship , falling in

and out of love , inspired or expired feelings for honey bunch nowadays would be difficult to simplify

complications in so many ways.

 But , if a true ideal Filipino has plans for an intimate true love , as they say, TRUE LOVE WAITS. Then he

would pursue an ideal family for the rest of his life with a rightful marriage and planning. For in a marriage and

love bound with sanctity and poured with blessing --- all the spices and recipe in life would be just part

of it , but of course this is an intimate relationship harmoniously united to reproduce same image and

likeness like the Creator and nurture our own kind and build a basic institution at home where a fruitful

LOVE dwells.

 Community love would be sympathetic and empathetic if we go deeper into the meaning of LOVE

through the SCRIPTURES , for we could say that LOVE is LIFE. Let’s keep it simple yet meaningful.
(3) HISTORICAL , MORAL AND SPIRITUAL APPROACHES ANALYSIS :

 Based on the facts and truth about the historical background of LOVE : in the beginning , God created

the universe , nature and Man because of LOVE. Our Immaculate and Perpetual Mother gave birth to a Son

( Emmanuel ) with Perfect Love. Jesus Christ became Man and save the sinful world through His Passion ,

Death and Resurrection. A Living Sacrifice all because of Unconditional and Unfathomable Love.

 Tracing back the verses of the poem : And if the Heart Cannot Love – everything would be no beauty ,

no sound , no wound , no essence , no existence no substance and void if there’s no love in the heart.

“For love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy , it does not boast , it is not proud. It is not rude , it is

not self-seeking , it is not easily angered , it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but

rejoices with the truth. It always protects , always trusts , always hopes , always perseveres . Love never

fails . But where there are prophecies , they will cease , where there are tongues , they will be stilled ,

where there is knowledge , it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 8)