The second day of the Ateneo de Davao Writers Workshop proceeded apace. We opened the day with a talk on poetry by Prof. Ric de Ungria. Addressing the present misunderstandings by young writers on the form, function, and motive of poetry, Prof. de Ungria took us through examples of bad poetry, such as "A Tragedy" by Theophile Marzails and "The Stuttering Lover" by Fred Emerson Brooks. Poetry is refined taste, Prof. de Ungria pointed out, and most bad poetry, stem from lapses in taste.
Poetry conveys emotion, a characteristic lacking in the works of many beginning poets whose works tend to be idea-driven discursive pieces. The poem must communicate emotion from sheer reading. However, with poor word choices, pathos, which good poetry aims for, can easily degenerate into bathos.
Allen Samsuya, Jeff Javier, and Karla Singson, past fellows of the Davao Writers Workshop and Ateneo de Davao Writers Workshop paid a visit and listened in on the discussions.
The day also had pleasant surprises and intensive and interesting discussions, especially on a piece written by Farah Aimee Virador from USEP. It's a piece we hope to publish in Dagmay soon.