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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Bienvenido Lumbera, in his Preface to this survey of Tagalog poetry, apologizes for the shortcomings of his book. Originally written twenty years ago as a doctoral dissertation, it does not take into account new information on Tagalog poetry and its discussion of precolonial poetry does not include new data on the oral poetry of contemporary Filipino groups. "I have bailed myself out," say Lumbera, "by persuading myself that many scholarly sins could be forgiven under the rubric of 'pioneering.''' And indeed these omissions can be forgiven for what the reader gains in return is a pioneering study describing and analyzing the development of Tagalog poetry.
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