Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pakibat Kang Aristotle

Answer To Aristotle. A poem expressing my view regarding Aristotle's claim of art as imitation of reality. For me, an artist is one who puts under his authority the fate of a piece of reality. He can either copy or distort it.

Sabi nang Aristotle ing kalalangan kanu
Pamakiapus ya king nung nanu ing tutu
Nung itang pintor agulis na kang saktu
Magaling yang máglalang, tuneng talentu

Art according to Aristotle / is imitation of reality / if a painter can draw you perfectly / then he's excellent and talented

Ing talasulat makan'ta ya mu naman
Lilikas king tinta't papil ing katutuan
Ing mánarti, kaya namang pákiapusan
Pangimut da ring tau't kapanamdaman

It's the same for the writer / who channels truth through ink and paper / What the actor imitates on the other hand / are the actions and feelings of people

King panlawe ku naman adua ya klasi
Ing kalalangan o ing yausan dang arti
Kopyan mu ing realidad, wa, malyari
O kaya naman, sangkan meng siran ini

For me though there are two types / of kalalangan, of what they call art / You can either copy the real / or intentionally break it

Suluan me ing lugal na ning pelikula
Bang mas masanting yang lunto king camera
Mebayu ya'ing sulu, e ne natural 'ta
Kutnan ke i Aristotle ngana paya

Light the movie location / for it to register well on camera / which makes it already unnatural / What does Aristotle think of that?

Gáwa kung nobela, ing pekabida ku
Sobra kabiasa, masikan ya pang tau
Malasak ya nung tumbukan ne ing batu
Ala namang makanita king biyeng tutu

In a novel I'll make, the hero will be / extremely bright and strong / he can shatter boulders with his jabs / which you will never see in real life

Dapot nung aku ing kutnan sanu'ing kaku
Karening aduang klasing sinambitla ku
Ilig ku ing pamakiwangis king tutu
Oneng salesen ku pa't gawang malagu

But if I'd be asked / what type of art I do / It's basing things on the real / but I add some embellishments

Uling ding keraklan e da papansinan
Ing mapinu at purung-purung katutuan
Sangkan da, "Aldo'ldo akakit ku na iyan
O ba't para ken ing oras ku sayangan?"

For many ignore / the very pure truth / They reason, "Everyday I already see that / why waste more time with it?"

Inya naman ing ilig kung gagawan ku
Daklutan ing katutua't saka ibalut
King ulas a paniglawan da ring tau
Bang kan'ta mo isipan dang ating bayu

So what I love doing / is snatching reality and wrapping it / with a blanket that will astound people / for them to think there's something new

Pantasya ya mong bala ra ing melalang
Bagya da' balung ing sangkap na katutuan
Pangabagya mu karelang ayisipan
"King tuneng biye malilyari talaga iyan"

They may think it's fantasy / but little do they know, truth is the ingredient / Later on they'd realize / "It happens in real life"

Kang Aristotle, ini ing pakibat ku
King "imitation of reality" kanu
Bilang máglalang ing kalma na ning tutu
Tuneng makapalalam king upaya mu

This is my answer to Aristotle / to his "imitation of reality" claim / As an artist, the fate of reality / is nothing but a slave to your power

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