Poetry Tagalog

At the beginning of the 20th century Tagalog writers rediscovered the excellence of their language for writing poetry. Jose Corazon de Jesus, a strong personality, established the genre of the lyrical monologue. Florentino T. Collantes chose simple and familiar themes, while Amado V. Hernandez fought for social justice. A few avant-garde poets who rejected romanticism, sentimentality and the conservative rules inherited from the past and sought to achieve greater expressive force were Gonzalo K. Flores and Amado V. Hernandez and Alejandro G. Abadilla.

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