So this title must have you wondering 🤔 “what is she talking about?” Well, I am trying to say it all together. Bidding good bye to October with a ciao (for October is Italian American Heritage Month) and saying a warm osiyo (or hello in Cherokee) to November (which happens to be Native American Heritage Month). In addition, I also want to sneak in a sweet mention for all the Halloween candy 🙂 and it is also a little about the poetic form for today, which is all about telling stories!! So there you have it: great sweet stories with ciaos and osiyos!!! Well, the great part is additional, and for you to decide after you read the post.. but the rest of it is my attempt to summarize my post (kind of).
Poetic Sundays: The Raccontino Poetic Form
October is Italian American Heritage Month, so I decided to end this month with a poetic form that most likely has Italian origins though there is no specific mention of the same anywhere. The name of this poetic form “raccontino” means storyteller or narrator, and comes from the Italian word “racconto” (v.) meaning to tell, or to recount or narrate.
The Raccontino Poetic Form
A raccontino is made up of any number of couplets, with the even-numbered lines sharing the end rhyme, while the title along with the non-rhyming odd-numbered lines tell a story. It could easily be a story within another story which the poem itself narrates!
So the raccontino form’s elements are that at its most basic, it is:
- stanzaic: any number of couplets (two-lines) in the poem
- rhymed: even-numbered lines share the same end rhyme
- isosyllabic: all lines have the same number of syllables, count is per the poet’s choice
- the etcs: the title along with the end words of the odd-numbered lines tell a story
Regarding the syllabic count, I noticed some of the examples for this poetic form had varying syllables across the lines of the poem while others were isosyllabic (had the same number of syllables for every line of the poem – could be anything that the poet decides). So, feel free to vary the number of syllables if you wish when you attempt this form.
A short, sweet one for now. The title and the last words of the odd-numbered lines are in bold…
All I Need Is
Glancing at the snap that captured their
features so well, perfectly, indeed!
My heart smiled as I recalled the love
and I thought, yes, that is all I need!!
~Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
References, h/t, and Further Reading
On My Blog
So here are the posts since (and including) my last scribblings….
- 13 of the Best Fictional Trick or Treating Locations
- How Do You Live? : A Brilliant Book & A Great Question
- 3 Helpful Books on Writing
- African Icons: A Wonderful Journey Into History
- Counting Down With You: YA Book Review
- Sunday Scribblings #80: Making Beautiful Memories in Endings and Beginnings
And the Homefront
The first phase of our bathroom remodel is finally coming to its end, and we are now looking forward to phase two (which thankfully will be a shorter project). And the long-awaited shed we had ordered at Home Depot is at last where it belongs – in that special place we had ready for it in our backyard.
On My Blog and Home Front
I hope to be posting everyday this coming month as I am once again participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Do check it out yourself to a) challenge yourself and b) be part of a wonderful, supportive community. I have made great friends through the UBC over the past few years I have been a part of it and truly cherish them.
On the home front, we have the festival of Diwali (or Deepavali which literally means row of lights) coming up this week. So I am going to keep myself occupied in festival preparations for the next couple of days at least – in the making of snacks and sweets, as well as cleaning up and decorating the house a bit.
Bookish Blog Hops
Thanks to Jo Lindsell-Feliciani who runs this bookish blog hop! A different member of the FB group will host a bookish question on their blog each day of the hop and include the answers from other members in the post. It is certainly lots of fun for all the participants, and a great way to reach more people via all our blogs as well as spread the love of books.
Here is the blog hop schedule this week (Nov 1st through 7th). I am posting the questions here as well so you can choose to check out our answers and comment with your own and discover more books in the process!
|Date||Prompt||Hosted by||Blog Hop Stop|
|Nov 1||A book about a bookstore||Leslie Conzatti||The Upstream Writer|
|Nov 2||A book in a series||Jo Linsdell||Jo Linsdell – Books & Blogging|
|Nov 3||A book from your TBR||Robin||Robin Loves Reading|
|Nov 4||A book you picked up just for the cover||Kaili||Owl Book World|
|Nov 5||An award winning book worth the hype||Brandy Potter||Brandy Potter Books|
|Nov 6||A book with a number in the title||Kriti||Armed With a Book|
|Nov 7||A book with a one word title||me (Vidya)||Lady In Read Writes|
This Week’s Celebrations
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- While there are many literary birthdays this week, the author that really stood out to me and who is celebrating his birthday this week (November 6th) is Colson Whitehead
- However, November is a month for literary celebrations!! It is Family Stories Month, National Life Writing Month, National Family Literacy Month, National Novel Writing Month,
- In addition, we have National Authors’ Day and National Family Literacy Day on Nov 1st
- November 1st is National Calzone Day, National Cinnamon Day, and World Vegan Day
- National Deviled Egg Day is on the 2nd of November
- Nov 3rd is National Sandwich Day
- The 4th of November happens to be National Candy Day
- While Nov 5th is National Doughnut Day followed by National Nachos Day on the 6th
- National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is on Nov 7th
- And National Fig Week is celebrated November 1st through the 7th..
Note that if you have Halloween candy that you have no idea what to do with, you can check out Operation Gratitude or Treats for Troops (this is for the US but I am sure there are similar efforts in other countries too)
- Diwali or Deepavali is on November 4th
- National Stress Awareness Day is on the first Wednesday in November
- Nov 6th happens to be Saxophone Day
- And National Bison Day is celebrated on the first Saturday in November (The American Bison is the National Animal of the US of A)
Related Books and Reads
Suggestions related to various aspects of today’s blog
- Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack by Sandra Nickel (perfect for International Nachos Day on October 21st. Read my review here)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – one book that moved me, powerfully, and that I will gladly read again, though it did leave me in tears many a time.
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Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings, or time to say your ciaos to this post. But before you head out, drop a comment for me with your thoughts and suggestions. I am always looking forward to reading those!! And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?