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PSL Week 2: Epic Poetry and Historical Tales Featuring special guest, Spoken Word Artist Word Mason
If you've heard the stories of King Arthur, Beowulf, Homer's Odyssey, Dante's Inferno... then you know what an epic is. Just like many of the world's people, early Filipinos used epic stories to make sense of the world around them. These were creation stories, tales of courtship and stories that passed down knowledge and wisdom through morals.
Filipinos also used poetic storytelling to immortalize the people they admired. Whether real or disguised, Filipino poets used verse to fortify and educate a people that they hoped one day would rise up.
This week, facilitator Len Cervantes' special guest is a respected spoken word artist in Toronto and a fixture at The Roots Lounge.
After hearing his piece about Haitian patriot Toussaint L'Ouverture (which is strongly comparable with Jose Rizal), Len struck up a conversation about Word Mason's influences, some of which turned out to be classic epic poems.
POETRY IS OUR SECOND LANGUAGE Week 2 Thursday, September 16, 2010 6 p.m.
About this week's special guest:
Poet and hip hop artist Adam Myrie, also known as Word Mason, has been a poet since the age of six and has performed on stage since he was 10. You may have seen him frequent the Up From the Roots poetry slams, or recently at the Lyme and Tings talent competition. Read more about Word Mason here.
"I love writing poems about history... My inspiration comes from the great epics like The Iliad, the Ramayan, and Beowulf." - Adam Myrie