Puruyanan: The Waray Concept of Home in Selected Poems of Victor N. Sugbo


To examine how puruyanan, the Waray concept of home, is integral to the overall poetics of Victor N. Sugbo, this study appropriates Prospero R. Covar’s concept of kapaligiran which is composed of three realms—namely kalikasan or the natural realm, the cultural realm, and the supernatural realm—as constituent parts of puruyanan. The Waray and English self-translations of the poems are read side by side and treated as liminal reflections that create a translucent layer of poetics. This layer together with the analysis of the works that are solely written in English as an innate bilingual text, enriches knowledge that emerges from the in-between space of Waray and English. What manifests in the examination, through situating the poems in a specific realm, are the many distinct articulations of the Waray for home. Kalikasan is often a space for solace. The cultural realm highlights the importance of relationships and interrelationships. And the supernatural realm is a sacred realm.

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Lakan Uhay Dorado Alegre, University of the Philippines, Philippines

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Conference: IICAH2023
Stream: Literature/Literary Studies

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To cite this article:
Alegre L. (2023) Puruyanan: The Waray Concept of Home in Selected Poems of Victor N. Sugbo ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2432-4604.2023.21
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2432-4604.2023.21

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