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HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 23 no. 1 (2022)

ON CIRILO BAUTISTA’S ONTOLOGY OF THE POEM

Noelle Leslie C. De La Cruz

 

Abstract:

In Words and Battlefields: A Theoria on the Poem, Cirilo Bautista advances the thesis that there is such a thing as a Filipino epic and that it is key to nation-building. 1 Well known for his long-form poetry, Bautista can be said to be taking a position on one of the main issues in the philosophy of poetry, namely the ontology or being of poems. I argue that his theory of the poem has three cornerstones, which I critique and evaluate through a close reading of the epic poem “The Cave.”