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Transcript of AIR CASTLES
My life's tomorrow beckons me
From distant mountains, high and low;
My future seems a boundless sea,
Where moving passions come and go.
Deep in my heart ambitions dwells;
He cheers me up the highland,
And guides me through the hills and dells
Wherein I pass the busy day.
I cannot write with Shakespeare's pen,
But I can love with Shakespeare's heart;
I love his skill his craft of men,
His mastery of poet's art.
I do not care for fame, has he,
Enthroned, was like unto a god:
The depths he reached are dark to me.
But I will grope the ways he tried.
I wear achievement’s coronet,
For best are they who see things done!
And all my cares I soon forget
When I have wrought my work alone.
If I be met by adverse fate,
And all my dreams be but in vain;
Then, must I work the harder yet
With high resolve to try again.
What does the poem tell us?
The poem itself has been regarded by some to speak to man's relationship with God. With lines such as: "Enthroned was he, like unto a God/ the depth he reached are dark to me" (Lines 14-15). Of course, there are those who also see the message of this poem as one of resilience. That one should not give up on their dream and strive to achieve it. Those who believe this, should pertain to the line where Shakespeare was mentioned.
Don't be contented to dreams but try your best to succeed
Juan F. Salazar
Juan F. Salazar's biography was the history of the beginning of Filipino-English literature, of the growth of English as the vehicle and it's triumph over the criterion that English is too exotic to reflect the native mood, the mannerism, the idiosyncracies of the Filipino mind.
Salazar was born in 1889 in San Roque, Cavite. He left Manila High-School for newspaper work. In 1913, he joined The Philippine Republic, a Filipino weekly in Hong-Kong. The following year, he returned to the country as a reporter for La Democracia and El Renacimiento Filipino. He then left for America in 1915 as a mess boy on the transport Thomas- the same transport that brought the first American school teachers to the Philippines. He worked in the salmon canneries in Alaska and later joined The Sacramento Union in California where he rose from reporter to copyreader to feature writer. But in the year 1919, he succumbed to pneumonia.