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The March of death by Bienvenido Santos

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March of Death by Bienvenido Santos

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The March of death by Bienvenido Santos

  1. 1. ‘lhe MARCH OF DEATH ’I3ie: wenid0 ‘Ill. Santos
  2. 2. 7,” BATAAN DEATH MARCH 0 The forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of Filipino and American prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II.
  3. 3. 7,” BATAAN DEATH MARCH 0 The march went from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga.
  4. 4. 7]” BATAAN DEATH MARCH 0 From San Fernando, survivors were loaded to a box train and were brought to camp O'Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.
  5. 5. 7,” BATAAN DEATH MARCH 0 The 1 28 km march was characterized by wide-ranging physical abuse and murder, and resulted in very high fatalities inflieted upon prisoners and civilians alike by the Japanese Army.
  6. 6. (1911-1996) was a Filipino- American fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writer.
  7. 7. BIENVENIDU N. SANTOS ' He was born and raised in Tondo, Manila ' His family roots are originally from Lubao, Fampanga. ' He lived in the United States for many years where he is widely credited as a pioneering Asian-American writer.
  8. 8. BIENVENIDD N. SANTOS 0 He received his bachelor ofarts degree from the University of the Philippines where he first studied creative writing under Paz Marquez Benitez.
  9. 9. BIENVENIDD N. SANTOS o in 1941, Santos was a government pensionado to the United States at the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and Harvard University.
  10. 10. BIENVENIDU N. SANTOS 0 During World War II, he served with the Philippine government in exile unoler President Quezon in Washington, D. C., together with the playwright Severino Montana and Philippine National Artist Jose Garcia Villa.
  11. 11. BIENVENIDU N. SANTOS 0 in 1967, he returned to the United States to become a teacher and university administrator. 0 Scent of Apples won a 1 980 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
  12. 12. BIENVENIDD N. SANTOS 0 Santos received an honorary doctorate degrees in humanities and letters from the University of the Philippines, and Bicol University in 1981 .
  13. 13. BIENVENIDU N. SANTOS 0 He was also a Professor of Creative Writing and Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Wichita State University from 1975 to 1982, at which time the university awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in humane letters.
  14. 14. BIENVENIDU N. SANTOS 0 After his retirement, Santos became Visiting Writer and Artist at De La Salle University in Manila; the university honored Santos by renaming its creative writing center after him.
  15. 15. 7"“ MARCH or DEATH 0 This is a poem by the great Bienvenido Santos about the Bataan Death March.
  16. 16. 7"“ MARCH or DEATH 0 It talks about how life was so cruel to our people during the Japanese Occupation in our country and how they managed to get through the pain and brutality.
  17. 17. CHARACTER The character portrayed by the writer was a Filipino who sympathized with the brothers we lost during the Japanese occupation.
  18. 18. ANALYSIS Were you one of them, my brother, Whom they marched under the April sun And flogged to bleeding along the roads we knew and loved?
  19. 19. ANALYSIS March, my brother, march! The springs are clear beyond the road At the foot of the hill is rest.
  20. 20. ANALYSIS We were young together, 50 very young and unafraid; Walked those roads, dusty in the summer sun, Brown pools and mud in the December rains;
  21. 21. ANALYSIS Ran barefoot along the beaten tracks in the canefields, Planted corn after the harvest months.
  22. 22. ANALYSIS Here, too, we fought and loved Shared our dreams ofa better place Beyond those winding trails.
  23. 23. ANALYSIS March, my brother, march! The springs are clear beyond the road At the foot of the hill is rest.
  24. 24. ANALYSIS We knew those roads by heart Told places in the dark By the fragrance of garden hedge In front of uncle’s house;
  25. 25. ANALYSIS The clatter of wooden shoes on the bamboo bridge, The peculiar rustling of the bamboo groves Beside the house where Celia lived.
  26. 26. ANALYSIS Did you look through the blood in your eyes For Celia sitting at the window A5 the thousands upon thousand of you Walked and died on the burning road?
  27. 27. ANALYSIS If you died among the hundreds by the roadside it should have been by the bamboo groves With the peculiar rustling in the midnight.
  28. 28. ANALYSIS No, you have not died; you cannot die! I have felt your prayer touch my heart A5 I walked alone the crowded streets of America!
  29. 29. ANALYSIS And we would have walked those roads again one April morn, Listen to the sound of working men Dragging tree trunks from the forests, Rebuilding homes - laughing again - Sowing the fields with grain, fearless ofdeath From clouldless skies.
  30. 30. ANALYSIS You would be silent, remembering The many young bodies that lie mangled by the roadside; The blood-soaked dust over the bloody rage of men; The agony and the morning and the silent tears;
  31. 31. ANALYSIS The grin of yellow men, their blood-stained blades opaque in the sun; The many months of hunger and torture, and waiting.
  32. 32. ANALYSIS I would be silent, too, having nothing to say. What matters if the winters were bitter cold And loneliness stalked my footsteps on the snow?
  33. 33. ANALYSIS March, my brother, march! The springs are clear beyond the road At the foot of the hill is rest.
  34. 34. ANALYSIS And we would walk those roads again on April morn Hand in hand like pilgrims marching Towards the church on the hillside, But there would be no hillside;
  35. 35. ANALYSIS Only a little nippa house beside the bamboo groves With the peculiar rustling in the midnight.
  36. 36. ANALYSIS Or maybe I would walk them yet, Remembering. . . remembering. . .
  37. 37. ANALYSIS Did you look through the blood in your eyes For Celia sitting at the window A5 the thousands upon thousand of you Walked and died on the burning road?
  38. 38. ANALYSIS No, you have not died; you cannot die! I have felt your prayer touch my heart A5 I walked alone the crowded streets of America!
  39. 39. ANALYSIS March, my brother, march! The springs are clear beyond the road At the foot of the hill is rest.
  40. 40. ANALYSIS These lines shows the hopefulness ofa Filipino, the strength of our hearts, and that there will be a brighter future for us if we believe and we continue fighting and learning from the struggles of life.

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