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Matthew Arnold

Published in Anayo
Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00
By Niño Manaog Lionel Trilling, a 20th-century American critic, must have considered Matthew Arnold the founding father of modern criticism in the English speaking world, because of the consistently moralistic if not messianic tenets he espoused on poetry, its criticism and society.
Having lived in a time of socia...

Realism & magic realism

Published in Anayo
Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00
By Niño Manaog  Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan surely catches our attention because Natalie Portman’s Nina Sayers grows feathers after she kills Mila Kunis’s Lily backstage to perform the Black Swan role in the final act. You cannot just forget the film because of that.
This psychological thriller—featuring Nata...

Graduate Studies

Published in Anayo
Monday, 09 December 2013 00:00
Graduate Studies  By Niño Manaog While I consider walking a romantic activity mainly because ever since I could remember I have always walked to wherever I choose to go or to be, or simply because I must have read Henry David Thoreau’s essay on it from Walden and later romanticized the whole idea by treating it a...

Speaking Greek

Published in Anayo
Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00
Speaking Greek  By Niño Manaog  While some critics primarily consider Poetics a counterattack to Plato’s banishing of poets from [in] the Republic, Aristotle’s treatise on art, poetry, epic, and tragedy clearly marks out the history of literary criticism. Rather than concluding that poets should be banished ...

Man vs. Nature vs. Man

Published in Anayo
Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00
Man vs. Nature vs. Man  By Niño Manaog  So far this year, the only authentic (and definitely hardly fabricated) newsmaker is the Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) sent—not by God but perhaps by the gods of our own making—to make us think twice about our greed.
Bako gayod maninigô na basulon k...
How I Lived, and What I Lived For: Notes on English and Writing (Part 1 of 3)  By Niño Manaog  When I was in college, our neighbors who were beneficiaries of the PLAN International would ask me to help them write letters to their foster parents. Free of charge, I would write the letter for an American or German ...

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