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Sunday Scribblings #117: So Glad for a World With Octobers!

The blog title is of course paraphrased from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” And I am certainly so glad for a world with Octobers (and Januarys, Februarys, as well as the rest too!) But October has its own charm – the weather, the festival spirit, and more. It definitely is one of our favorite months for hiking and traveling (if circumstances allow for travel, that is).

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Poetic Sundays: Glad for a World With the Tanaga

October is Filipino American Heritage Month, among a few other Heritage months here in the US. Keeping this in mind, I am featuring the Tanaga today, which is an indigenous Filipino form.

What is The Tanaga Poetic Form?

As mentioned earlier, the Tanaga is an indigenous Filipino poetic form. It is a straight-forward form written in one or more quatrains, with 7 syllables in each line, and most often, with each stanza having its own monorhyme. Some variations of the form use different rhyme schemes, like aabb, abab, abba, and others like aaab or abcd.

The Tanaga’s Characteristics

So the Tanaga’s elements are that it is:

  • stanzaic: written in one or more four-line stanzas or quatrains
  • syllabic: follows a 7-7-7-7 syllabic count for each quatrain
  • rhymed: often monorhymed, originally one rhyme for the whole poem; and modern versions have each stanza with its own monorhyme, as in aaaa, bbbb, cccc, and so on. But other variations are also popular now (like mentioned earlier)
  • usually untitled but some modern poets title their Tanagas
  • themed: it asks a question or a puzzle that demands an answer
  • rich in the use of metaphors.

My Attempt at the Tanaga

So glad for a world with you,
the apple of my eye true!
Hoping you’re glad for me too?
Are you? I so wish I knew!

~ Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites

Disclaimer: I do know that the apple(s) of my eye are all glad for me too!

Poetic Sundays: Tanaga


On My Blog and the Homefront

I managed (with some catching up though over the last day or two)


On My Blog and On the Homefront

Navaratri is almost done, and this means this coming week will be back to packing up the Golu dolls, dismantling the steps for the golu, and setthing our home back to rights. And since I am participating in the UBC as well as plan to Zip Through Autumn in the AtoZ Autumn event, I hope to post everyday (playing catch up at this time for the first few days due to the Navaratri busy-ness)


Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations and Observations

Related Reads

Wrapped Up: My Sunday Scribblings

So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. Will you be attempting to write the Tanaga? And, of course, do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month?

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon. And for Day Two of the Ultimate Blog Challenge

6 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #117: So Glad for a World With Octobers!

  1. I love October because it holds Halloween (and I always have so much fun during it) and Oktober fest which means a lot of rock and folk rock music for my ears. I do think there is good in any month but yes, thank God, we have Octobers!

  2. I enjoy Octobers, everything is much calmer and cozier.
    Tanaga si very interesting form, short but descriptive. First time I heard about it.

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