Poetic text and environmental crisis of the sea: An Ecocritical Study of the Select Contemporary Cebuano-Visayan Poetry
Cindy Arranguez Velasquez
The Philippines is one of the seventeen megadiverse nations in the world. However, there are still Filipinos who have remained unaware of the biodiversity and its impact to the world’s ecosystem. As an archipelago, the Philippines is known as the “Pearl of the Orient Seas,” its seas have served as storytellers of the narratives of the Filipinos. The study aims to identify the poetic text and the environmental crisis of the selected poems. The study uses ecocriticism as the main anchor supported by formalism. Furthermore, the study focuses only on poetry which are written in Cebuano-Visayan language. This is to acknowledge the contributions of the Cebuano poets to the Philippine literature. This study uses a qualitative research method utilizing a descriptive research which specifically uses a content analysis. Based from the result of the study, there is an interrelationship among Cebuano poetry, physical environment, and culture.