This week mostly passed uneventfully. The kids stayed home; well, who am I kidding, they have stayed home for a whole year already!!! But this week was their winter break, so they slept in as well everyday. And after trying out new things (like some art, and new pieces of music) this week, we decided to take a trip to where Tony Bennett left his heart! And now, our memory back includes more beautiful memories of the city of the bay!! Read more about it later in the post.
In continuance with using the 3Rs to help keep up with my posting this month, as well as keeping in mind that February 21st is International Mother Language Day, I decided to talk about Macaronic poetry today.
What is Macaronic Poetry or the Macaronic Poetic Form?
Macaronic verse was invented by the poet Tisi degli Odassi in 1488 who mixed Italian and Latin in his work titled Carmen macaronicum (Macaronic Songs). [Note: also appears as Tifi (dagli) Odasi. His real name was Michele di Bartolomeo degli Odasi – source: wikipedia]
It was later popularized by Teofilo Folengo, a Benedictine monk, who combined Latin rules to Italian vocabulary in his burlesque epic titled Baldus published in 1517. He described the macaronic as the literary equivalent of the Italian dish, which, in its 16th-century form, was a crude mixture of flour, butter, and cheese. The Baldus soon found imitators in Italy and France, and some macaronics were even written in mock Greek. (source: Britannica)
Other Notes on the Macaronic Form
In rewriting this post, I also noted references to the fact that this style of poetry using a mix of languages and colloquial dialects seems to be even older. Wandering medieval poets loved to mix Arabic, Spanish, French, and other languages, depending on where they were at the time and their expertise with the form and the languages.
The style was popular in medieval India as well, where the influence of the Muslim rulers led to poems being written in alternating indigenous Hindi and the Persian language. The famous poet Amir Khusro wrote many verses in this style.
The Andalusian zajal is another such form, that often used a mix of colloquial Arabic verses with a smattering of Spanish words.
The Macaronic Poetic Form’s Characteristics
So the Macaronic poetic form’s elements are that it:
- is multi-lingual (or multi-dialectic): written using combination of two (or more) languages/dialects
- has any number of lines – left to the writer
- no specific meter or rhyme or syllable patterns to follow – left to the writer
My Tips On How To Write It
- combine two or more languages – the more the merrier!
- make up (nonsensical or not) words combining the languages to use in your poem
- you know only one language – then fear not
- you could also use slang with prosaic in the same ‘language’, Shakespearean English with #hashtags/acronyms, regular speech with textbook ‘language’
- use Google translate to come up with words in your favorite language – the one you always wanted to learn but never did so far (this can be a start! – I know I have at least one such language)
Re-reusing this one!!! And you might end up totally confused.. but that is OK..
Mmmmm my heart go music makes
Rhythm to dance some cool shakes
Smile my heart does my kids see I
Glee with laugh sometimes till cry
their actions their words make me
Dil* for books it tudichify**
I reading ennaku*** time no knows
Grammar police to sorry from me
Writing always fun poetry
– ©2019 Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead @ LadyInReadWrites
*Dil means Heart (Hindi)
**tudichify– use of ‘fy’ at the end of Tamil words is a common pattern noticed in Tanglish (Tamil + English) – Tamil word here is tudichu (or tutippu) meaning beating
***ennaku – means ‘for me’ in Tamil
On My Blog
I am still working on a late shift for each day’s post but managing a post each day. Here are last week’s post
- Sunday Scribblings #60: Wonderful Meeting of Hearts and Books
- Magic Mondays – Don’t Make Me Laugh: Book Review
- A Dozen Wonderful Books in Mardi Gras Colors
- Smart Girls in Picture Books: World of Words
- 10 Great Books To Celebrate World Anthropology Day
- Just Mercy: A Great Book & Movie For World Day of Social Justice
- Mother Language, Misplaced Words, Missing Languages
And the Home Front
The kids had a week long break this week, and while I did not get all the cleaning that I hoped completed, we did clean up and declutter a bit. And we started the weekend of this break with a trip to the city by the bay.
Of the City By the Bay
(And Of Hearts and Beaches and Bridges, Oh My!)
Beaches and Bridges
We started out later than planned, but our trip to the city was perfect. Clear skies, a sun that stayed up a little longer for us, weather that was delightfully warmer than usual (for San Francisco); all of these made it wonderful.
Trying to find parking at the Golden Gate Bridge was not hard, but looks like many had plans like we did. So we ended up in a different parking lot than usual. And that was good. It meant our steps took us down an unexplored path and we went to Crissy Field – for the first time in the two plus decades I have been here!!! How did we miss this before? Anyway, I realized I had read and heard about it many time before. And I learned a lot during our walk there. Plus, it was beautiful and afforded us spectacularly different views of the Golden Gate (like the one below)
And then the Hearts
We then stopped at Union Square to check out the hearts of San Francisco. Read more about them here. While I could only find four of the six hearts that were mentioned to be on display there, I was thrilled (much to the embarrassment of my teens)!! I mean, here is their mommy grinning in joy because of some heart sculptures. For me, it was just one of those things I had planned for years, and finally ended up going to the city at the right time.
To wrap the day, we got our dinner to-go from the always awesome hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Shalimar. Back home, we enjoyed yummy garlic naans and fluffy saffron rice with the perfectly spiced kabuli chana (gorbanzo beans in gravy) as well as their drool-worthy masala paneer.
On My Blog and Home Front
I hope, I hope to work on some of the catch up posts for the reading challenges. As well as catch up on the reading itself specific to the challenges this week. And well, we will see how else things progress.
This Week’s Celebrations
- February 22nd is National Margarita Day as well as National Cook a Sweet Potato Day
- And while I am not sure the bananas we have will be ripe enough on time, it is National Banana Bread Day on the 23rd of February
- Whip up some salsa and guac to enjoy with chips as the 24th of Feb is National Tortilla Chip Day
- On Feb 25th, we have National Chocolate Covered Nut Day; and if you wish, you can celebrate it along with National Pistachio Day which falls on the 26th of February. Make it chocolate covered pistachios!
- And it is National Toast Day on the last Thursday in February
- National Strawberry Day
- End it with some more dessert for it is National Chocolate Souffle Day on the 28th of Feb
- You do not need to be a Girl Scout to celebrate this wonderful event – World Thinking Day is observed annually by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts on the 22nd of February
- National Tell a Fairy Tale Day is on February 26. And I think it is a totally delightful think to celebrate everyday!!
- Celebrate the people of STEAM this week as it is Engineers Week (Feb 21 – 27). Learn more about it at DiscoverE.
- Girl Day (February 25, 2021) is a worldwide campaign to engage girls in engineering.
- And it is International Polar Bear Day on February 27th.
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, this was it for my Sunday Scribblings. I would love to hear your comments on my post(s), poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)? Also, I do look forward to reading your poems (if you have attempted one or the other forms so far?!)