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Eulogy of Roaches. Bienvenido Lumbera. About the Author. Bienvenido Lumbera April 11, 1932 – present Lipa , Batangas Graduated from UST Received PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Indiana

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Eulogy of roaches

Eulogy of Roaches

BienvenidoLumbera


About the author
About the Author

BienvenidoLumbera

April 11, 1932 – present

  • Lipa, Batangas

  • Graduatedfrom UST

  • ReceivedPhD in Comparative Literaturefrom the University of Indiana

  • Wasimprisoned in January 1974 under Martial Law and wasreleased in Decemberthatyear.


The roach
The Roach

  • The roachisknown for beingverydifficult to kill.

    • It can survive for weekswithoutitshead

    • It canremain active withoutfood for a month.

    • Can go without air for 45 minutes

    • Can survive beingcompletelysubmergedunderwater for an hour and recovercompletely

    • Can survive highlevels of radiation exposure


Vocab
Vocab

-To declare or put into operation

-reddish brown; cockroach color

-a habitually lazy or inactive person

-to legally expel a person from a dwelling

-a lack; a shortage

-chronicles; esp. yearly ones

  • PROMULGATE

  • RUSSET

  • SLUGGARD

  • EVICTION

  • DEARTH

  • ANNALS


Lit devices
Lit. Devices

  • Whatliterarydevices are presenthere?

  • Allusion: « Blessed are the cockroaches» is an allusion to the Beatitudes

    (See Matthew 5)

  • Personification


Group discussion
Group Discussion

  • Why are the cockroachesblessed?

  • Why are they able to survive sowell?

  • Whatis the poemtrying to say about Filipino society?