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Sunday Scribblings #39: A Month of Birthdays

Well, I was not sure what I would end up scribbling about this week. To be honest, I still am not! But as I was sending across a birthday wish to a cousin, I paused over the thought (the same one we have all had in our family so often) that July is definitely a month of birthdays!

I marveled once again at the number of July birthdays in my family (first cousins on both sides for me and my DH included). We begin wishing on the 1st of July and end on the 31st. Don’t worry, we are not wishing dozens and not wishing everyday of the month, but there is definitely lots more traffic on WhatsApp in July on the family highways!!!

What about your family? Any particular month where you are all exchanging lots of birthday greetings? Or maybe even a week or a specific date?

That led to me to look at the most popular months and dates for birthdays; and led me to these fun websites!! Turns out my birthdate of July 2nd is the 30th most common birthday in the US (and in India, where I was born, it would a little less common with most birthdays between April and June per data here).

The heatmap/visualization on this website is from 2016 (so not too old) and you can use it to check how common your birthday is!

Anyway, to all of you who are celebrating a birthday this month, like me, here is wishing you a happy birthday month!

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Poetic Sundays

The Forms so Far

The Copla de Pie Quebrado

This week, I take you to 15th century Spain to talk about the Copla de Pie Quebrado. I picked this form for a couple of reasons; one, I traveled to Spain (virtually) looking for poetic forms; and two, when I chanced upon this, it reminded me of the Triveni that I talked about a couple of weeks ago. Two different countries, two different eras, two different concepts, but there was still a common thread I found.

What is the Copla de Pie Quebrado?

The Spanish term copla simply means stanza; and adding additional information to it specifies the type of stanza it is. In this case, the copla de pie quebrado literally means the broken foot stanza. This form developed during the 14th and 15th centuries from existing forms by reducing lines to half the length or by adding lines of half length.

One definition of this form states: “Octosyllables combined with their quebrado of four/five syllables in stanzas of five to twelve lines.” While there were a few different rhyme schemes for this, one of the more popular ones seem to be the one developed by Jorge Manrique (ABcABcDEfDEf… – capital letters denote the full length lines)

So the copla de die quebrado’s characteristics:
  • syllabic: octosyllable lines along with the tetrasyllablic lines; how these lines are put together is at the discretion of the poet. There seems to be no definite limit to the number of quebrado within a stanza or to the number of consecutive quebrado
  • stanzaic: stanzas of five to twelve lines (at the discretion of the poet); and any number of stanzas
  • rhyme scheme: again, varies at the discretion of the poet; rhymes can be between stanzas too.
  • Keeping the above in mind, I decided to use the form I mentioned earlier. Octosyllabic couplets followed by a quebrado with rhyme scheme ABcABcDEfDEf…. (you can also use ABcABcABcABc…)
  • Other variations could be AAbCCd… or AAbAAb… or AbAbAb.. ; well, you get the gist! Some poems written in this form have up to eight consecutive quebrado also, so the variations and possibilities are endless within this octosyllabic/tetrasyllabic combination!

One interesting point I read about this form was that it was often used to convey a sense of absence, by deliberately disappointing the reader, when a pattern being set is broken with the quebrado; thus leaving the reader with a feeling that something is missing.

h/t: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics: Fourth Edition; The Fifteenth Century Copla de pie quebrado; To Painting: Poems

My Example

Here is one first attempt

Meetings – Before and Now
Random stop by at a friend’s place
Hugs, high-fives exchanged earnestly
No second thoughts. …
Planned, socially distanced embrace
Air kisses exchanged over tea
Rules calling shots.

-Vidya (LadyInRead)

On My Blog and Home-front

On the blogging side, I have managed to blog everyday! Though I still am posting at the very end of the day than the preferred beginning (or end of previous) of the day.

Sheltering in place continues and gardening continues, as we also try to include some hammock days in between (but it has been hot this week)!

My Most Recent Posts

My posts from last week:


Here are a couple of posts I picked among the many I enjoy reading each week (I keep forgetting to bookmark the posts that I mean to highlight):


Here are a few selections from my insta-feed this past week. Do check the feed for more such pics 🙂

My bookstagram attempts
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Book Review: The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . The Jane Austen Society is like a gentle salute to the author and to her books, done with charm and warmth; it reminds us of why we still enjoy reading Jane Austen even today. While it took me a while to get into it due to a slow start, I did finish it. The parts that I loved, charmed and delighted me; while the parts that I didn’t, well, they kind of 😐 me. But overall, enjoyable; and for those who understand the Austen references, even more so! . On a side note, there really is a Jane Austen Society, and this Saturday, July 11,2020 is a free online day of celebration hosted by Chawton House celebrating the Society’s 80th birthday! ( . You can read my complete review at my blog here: . Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital review copy of this book. . QOTD: What is your favorite Austen book? . As for me, I will most likely say Mansfield Park (or …) . . . #thejaneaustensociety #netgalley #stmartinspress #ladyinreadwrites #bookstagram #bookreview #readingisfundamental #readingisfun #readersofig #bookworm #bookish #bookreviewer #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookishthoughts #readinglife #janeausten #adultfiction #historicalfiction @stmartinspress @netgalley #chawton #questionoftheday

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Book Review: Sing a Song : How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . It is a tribute to the song it is based on (Lift Every Voice and Sing); to the struggles and strength of a community; to traditions that pass from generation to generation; as well as to the strength that the past offers to each new generation so they can face their future; and to the spirit that endures and empowers us even today, especially considering the current events, when the song and its words are so important. A timely and uplifting book with lyrical text and stunning artwork that we need now! A must have for every home and classroom. You can read the complete review on my blog here – . Thanks to Edelweiss and the publishers for the digital copy of this book. All opinions are my own. . QOTD: What song inspires you so much that it’s kind of your personal anthem? As for me, I am 🤔 🙂 . . . #blackhistory #diversebooks #singasong #lifteveryvoiceandsing #bookstagram #bookreview #childrensbooks #picturebooks #readingisfundamental #readingisfun #readersofig #bookworm #bookish #bookreviewer #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookishthoughts #readinglife #ladyinreadwrites #questionoftheday

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And then the others
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Day 7: Photo Journalism; Day 189, 2020: (From the archives) The board at Bean Hollow State Beach in Pescadero, California states – ‘Sand-polished Gems… The pebbles on this beach have eroded from ocean-bottom deposits left millions of years ago. Feel the smooth, cool texture of these colorful little stones. Then leave them behind for others to enjoy.’ . I spy shelves!!! These pebbles almost seem to have their own nature-made display shelves in these rocks. This beach never fails to awe, no matter how many times we go there. As we wait for these beaches to reopen, I dig into the archives for the pics.. Taken June 2019 . . . #rebelsunitedjuly2020potd #rebels_united #rebels_nature #rebel_colors #raw_colours_ #gramoftheday #gotd_2614 #myweekofispy #its_my_week #hiyapapayaphotoaday #ladyinreadwrites #canonpowershot #canonpowershotsx50hs #mycanonlife #beanhollowstatebeach #lovecali #lovecalifornia #highway1 #beachesofcalifornia #pebblebeaches

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On My Blog and Home-front

I will continue my bookish posts. I hoped to get a different type of post out this last week (other than a review) and since that did not happen, will work towards that this week.

My garden is still blooming (the roses – I am glad! the zucchini and the eggplant – brilliant blossoms) , but not bearing fruit (or rather vegetables). I do see a few tomatoes but it is a measly amount compared to last year. So I wonder what is happening? Not sure if I need to do something more in the form of TLC for my garden 🙂 Any suggestions are welcome.

This Week’s Celebrations

Here are a few celebrations I think I will enjoy celebrating

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), poems, poetic Sunday section, and anything else. And which of these days do you plan to celebrate (or any other)? 

Linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon.

Linking up to the Ultimate Blog Challenge 

For previous posts, click on the links below:

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3 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #39: A Month of Birthdays

  1. That was an interesting scribbling! July is a special month for celebrating. Our anniversary is July 29, 53 years! Hubby’s birthday is July 31st and one of our grandson’s will turn 22 on July 21.

  2. I had no idea that most babies in the US are born in the summer. It makes sense, though, doesn’t it? I purposefully had fall babies. I wanted my children to have to wait before starting school. As a teacher I saw that it gave kids an advantage.

    The opla de die quebrado sounds like it is quite variable, though it seems a little complicated for me. Your example is quite nice.

    Your photos on Instagram are wonderful. I especially like the pebbles and the fresh look at NYC.

    Have a good week.

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