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Lyric 17

Jose Garcia Villa

I can no more hear Love’s


Voice. No more moves
The mouth of her. Birds
No more sing. Words
I speak return lonely.
Flowers I pick turn ghostly.
Fire that I burn glows
Pale. No more blows
The wind. The time tells
No more truth. Bells
Ring no more in me.
I am all alone singly.
Lonely rests my head.
--O my God! I am dead

I can no more hear Love’s


Voice. No more moves

The first full sentence “I can no more hear Love’s Voice.”, is presenting to us a
persona that is presently being aware of the loss of someone so valuable, a significant
other per se. The use of the modal “can”, states a possibility that was automatically
discredited by the following adverb “no”, and the negativity further given extent by
another adverb which is “more”, which means a total disappearance of connection
between lovers. As we have noticed, among the human’s five senses, the first mention
was given to the sense of hearing. Furthermore, the first letters of the words “Love’s
Voice” was capitalized, which means a certain amount of importance should be given to
these words. This may indicate that sweet utterances, encouraging words, and
passionate exchanges or simply communication could be the primordial strength of their
relationship which at this very moment has vanished. The phrase “No more moves”
exhibits the greatness of loss’s impact— that the loss of someone you love can let
everything around you appear so unmoving and less of life.

Voice. No more moves


The mouth of her. Birds

The second line starting only with one word which is “Voice ”, which if separated
from the first line could also give us another interpretation, that is: the further giving of
emphasis on the communication as a vital part of the persona’s relationship with his or
her lover. However, the existence of the “period” clearly indicates an end or a stop to
the connection these lovers have formed. In the following sentence “No more moves
The mouth of her.”, the use of the article “the” already gives the uniqueness to the word
that it is referring which is the “mouth of her”. Moreso, the capitalization of the “T” in
the word “The” gives fullest emphasis and focus to the subject. In this sense, the
persona in the poem, only expects a response or a discourse to “the” significant other
he or she is referring in the poem. On the other hand, the negativity in the phrase “no
more moves” could send us a message that somehow, the persona is trying to reach out
to his or her lover or the persona is doing something to bring the communication back,
which is obviously is responded with oblivion.

The mouth of her. Birds


No more sing. Words
I speak return lonely.

In the next full sentence in the poem which is “ Birds No more sing.” states the
persona’s inability to appreciate the existence of other beautiful and little things, such as
the birds and their singing. This highlights the crippling and numbing effect of losing
someone you love. The capitalization of the “N” in the word “No” gives the negativity it
brings with it human attributes such as the ability to induce pain. On the other hand, the
last word in the fourth line, “Words” when cut off from the following line, shows as if the
persona is calling for it to finally return and do their magic again— to let communication
be alive again, thus, there is again the capitalization of “W” in “Words”. Moreover, in
the next sentence “Words I speak return lonely.”, there is a clear use of personification
wherein “Words” could be likened into a messenger which could bring both good or bad
news. In this poem, the persona’s messenger clearly returns with a melancholic news
with it. Moreover, the clarity of the use of personification shows how absolute and
evident the loneliness of the persona is.

Flowers I pick turn ghostly.

In the sixth line, “Flowers I pick turn ghostly.”, states that the loneliness and
lifelessness that the persona is feeling is contagious. The plural form of the word
“Flowers” can indicate the scope of the effect of the persona’s loneliness— that it does
not just affect only one but many. Or it might also be, in the persona’s perspective, a
failure to appreciate life, solely because the one he or she considers as the breather of
life slips from his or her grip.

Fire that I burn glows


Pale. No more blows
The wind. The time tells

This next statement, “Fire that I burn glows Pale.”, presents to the readers the
persona’s desire to still try. The combination of the words “fire”, “burn”, “glow” exhibits
a warm positivity that the persona is still trying to display. Thus, shows the readers that
the persona is still trying fight for and regain the relationship. Furthermore, the use of
the pronoun “I” indicates ownership of the action, maybe, ownership of the mistake that
has caused the disconnection, justifying the persona’s desire to mend the relationship.
One would not decide to let go of something so beautiful such as love if one was not
given any motive to leave. On the other hand, the finishing word of the statement which
is “Pale”, shows a low chance for the persona being able to re-establish the lost love.
This also shows an effort not paid off or an effort too late be materialized. In the
following statement, “No more blows The wind.”, the persona has lost his or her aid in
kindling the fire. The specificity brought by the determiner “The” complimented by its
capitalization tells the reader that the help must come from only one person— the
persona’s lost love.

The wind. The time tells


No more truth. Bells
Ring no more in me.

The “The time tells No more truth.”, indicates the persona’s inability to accept
the real thing that is currently happening to him or her. The persona also has turned
time into an unreliable source of truth, simply because the persona is currently in-denial.
Furthermore, the personification of the word “time” can indicate that the persona might
be turning on for something to point his or her fingers on why they have reached this
unfortunate phase in their love. What element in this universe can be powerful and
uncontrollable aside from time? On the other hand, the next statement “Bells Ring no
more in me.”, displays the disappearance of the persona’s hopes and the dreams that
come with their love. The emphasis given in words “Bells Ring” appeals to the reader’s
imagination, that may be, one moment, when their love was at its peak, they have
planned to be bounded not just by love but also with faith. Simply stating, they have
planned on a wedding, where heavenly bodies march in white, as the bells joyfully toll.
And now, the persona has no other choice but to abandon that hope, simply, because
things do not work out anymore.

I am all alone singly.


Lonely rests my head.

The twelfth and thirteenth lines can both stand alone, unlike from the
other lines that are composed of broken sentences and statements. This can mean that
in these parts the persona is certain. It has become clear to the persona that he has
totally lost his or her love. In the line “I am all alone singly.”, the persona is suffering
the excruciating pain of being left alone with nothing. The use of the adverb “singly”
further modifies the pain of being alone without having anyone. It is a double emphasis
on how deep the wound a lost love could cause. On the other hand, the thirteenth line
“Lonely rests my head.” indicates the persona’s gradual acceptance of the tragic end of
their love. In melancholy, the persona tries to think less of why and how did it all sadly
happen.

--O my God! I am dead.

The last line starts with a dash, which can mean that the persona has taken a
break. He or she pauses for a while, may be to reflect and think about what happened.
The use of the literary device apostrophe indicates that the persona cannot stand the
pain on his or her own, thus he or she needs someone to talk about the pain with—
someone powerful which is God. It’s beautiful how we always begins and ends with God.
Furthermore, the persona might be seeking help from the Divine Ruler to help him or
her cope up with the painful lost love. Lastly, the last lines “I am dead.” expresses the
extremeness of the pain caused by a failed love. It seeps through your very senses and
makes you wound excruciatingly until you finally feel numb and lifeless.

For an overall observation, the consistent use of verbs in the present tense, gives
the readers the idea that whatever the persona is going through, it is happening
pristinely and currently. Jose Garcia Villa’s use of the senses, also offers the reader a
clear image of the undertakings of the persona in the poem which makes the emotions
in the poem more real and penetrating. Furthermore, there is a manipulation in the
forming or grouping of words. There are statements that are broken into to two lines,
which might be Jose Garcia Villa’s concrete and physical representation of the persona’s
brokenness. The dominant use of the sense of hearing and anything that appeals to it,
allows the reader to realize the importance of communication in a relationship.
Furthermore, the repetition of the words “No more” is a clear indication that
whatever it is that the persona and his or her significant other have, it is now totally
lost. The cutting or splitting of certain lines aside from its many possible connotations is
also made inorder for the author to come up with a specific rhyme scheme, which can
affect the poem’s musicality when delivered. On the other hand, the rhyme scheme
pattern (aa, bb, cc, dd, ee…) could also signify the pattern one has to follow with a
failed love, first it starts with awareness, reaching out, rejection, confirmation,
acceptance, seeking for help, and suffering the pain and emptiness. Just like a pattern,
it has a beginning and an end.