Well, school is not reopening for us in the fall (at least not in person). But we are looking forward to a whole new school year.
As of now, we are waiting to hear more about the details. And based on what we know, while schools and teachers as well as the students themselves were unprepared the first time around (before school closed for the summer holidays in early June), here is hoping that everyone is better prepared and learning happens.
As for us, my son is going to be in senior year of high school, which means we are going to start the whole process of college applications. But there are a lot of unknowns this time around, and we are learning as we go along.
So here is to a whole new different school year; and hoping for the best for everyone.
The Forms so Far
- Gnomic Poem
- Magic 9
- Balassi Stanza
- The Harrisham Rhyme
- Concrete Poetry and the Loop
- Slam Poetry
- The Luc Bat
- Copla de Pie Quebrado
I travel to Korea today to bring you the sijo.
What is the Sijo?
A short poetic form with origins in fourteenth-century Korea, the sijo (pronounced SHEE-jo) is both lyrical and phrasal, owing to the fact that it is actually meant to be sung (written originally as short songs). The sijo explores themes ranging from the profound and metaphysical to the humorous and personal.
The three lines are organized both technically and thematically, as explained in the next section.
The sijo’s characteristics:
- syllabic: 3 lines in length, averaging 14-16 syllables per line (for a poem total of 44-46 syllables); with each line written as a four syllable group, each of which is clearly separate, yet fits seamlessly with the others to flow as a single line, and then into the poem.
- syllable pattern by line: Lines 1 and 2: 3-4-4-4; Line 3: 3-5-4-3; preferably with a pause or break in the middle of each line
- notes on syllables/lines: In English, the poet can choose to write the sijo in six lines, with each line containing two syllable groupings instead of four. Also, the poet can take some license with the number of syllables in each grouping (for eg: 2-5-2-5, or other), as long as the total number of syllables per line is maintained correctly. Recommendation for the final line is that the first grouping is 3 syllables.
- thematic: the poem itself follows a certain preset theme and each line serves a purpose towards that
- theme pattern by line: Line 1 introduces the theme/situation of the poem; Line 2 elaborates on and develops the theme; and Line 3 presents a “twist” or a counter-theme in the first section, followed by a conclusion in the second section. The twist can be in meaning, sound, or other device.
So the basic structure of the sijo:
Line 1: 3-4-4-4 (or 2-6-4-4 or 2-5-2-5 or…) for a total of 14-16 syllables: the theme/situation of the poem
Line 2: 3-4-4-4 (or 2-4-4-6 or 2-5-2-5 or…) for a total of 14-16 syllables: elaboration/development/details of the theme
Line 3: 3-5, 4-3 (or 2-5, 5-3 or 3-5, 4-3 or..) for a total of 14-16 syllables: counter-theme/twist to the theme; conclusion to the poem
h/t and further reading:
Here is my first attempt:
Laughter spills all over us, like autumn leaves on windy days. (3-4, 4-4 == 14)
Our smiles grow and grow into grins, in delight and in glee. (5-3, 3-3 == 14)
There was gloom everywhere, humor changed it all instantly. (3-3, 5-3 == 14)
-Vidya Tiru (@LadyinReadWrites)
Last Week On My Blog and Home-front
Blogging everyday (still).. and my son and I watched a really wonderful movie – Just Mercy. I hope to read the true story this movie is based upon. It is currently free on youtube so go ahead and view it if you can.
And while our vegetable garden this year is not flourishing as we had hoped, we have a few grapes (not as much as the last year, but….) and the roses continue to bloom for our pleasure.
And the baking and cooking continues.. Here is one pic of the totally delicious (as droolworthy as it looks) cake my 14 yo baked and decorated and surprised us with the end results – both in looks and taste
My Most Recent Posts
My posts from last week:
- Hemingway’s Book Recommendations
- From Our Microbiome to the Largest Land Biome
- Book Review: The Outsiders
- World of Words Wednesdays – Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai – a review
- Ten Books That Make You Smile
- Book Review: Kid Activists
- Sunday Scribblings #39: A Month of Birthdays
Again, I forgot to bookmark articles this week but these are the ones I recalled first
- Loved this tutorial on Heidi’s blog about How to Embed a Book Cover Onto an eReader
- I always find great tips for camping, travel, and hiking at Nicole’s Camping for Women blog. This time I discovered a wonderful road trip that is now a must-do on our bucket list (someday, someday but hopefully surely).
- Roy’s posts always leave me enriched and cleverer than before I read them, without fail! Here is one such post.
- And thank you to Elisa for the wonderful shoutout on your Friday Thoughts post
My bookstagram attempts
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Book Review: Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 From the book description: A wonderful novel in two parts, moving from the heart of a close-knit Indian household, with its restrictions and prejudices, its noisy warmth and sensual appreciation of food, to the cool centre of an American family, with its freedom and strangely self-denying attitudes to eating. . From my review: I enjoyed the wonderful play of words and the way everyday characters and happenings are brought to life here but the book left me oddly dissatisfied too, waiting for some sort of closure for the main characters at least Read my complete review at https://bit.ly/3h7ngIu . QOTD: What’s do you feast on (snack on) while reading? My answer: I most often end up fasting when I get lost in a book 🙂 but if I remember, I love a cup of tea with Parle G biscuits on the side! . . . #ladyinreadwrites #anitadesai #fastingfeasting #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #indianliterature #familystructures #bookstagram #bookreview #readingisfundamental #readingisfun #readersofig #bookworm #bookish #bookreviewer #booknerd #bibliophile #bookaddict #bookishthoughts #readinglife #adultfiction #questionoftheday #southasianwriters #indianwriters
and then another
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Book List: Ten Books That Make You Smile.. . Picking ten books for any theme/topic is tough for any book lover.. And that was the same for me as I tried to pick ten books that make you smile. I know there are many many more books I have read that have made me smile, made my heart go mush (happily, of course), and left me feeling positive for a while after I finished reading them. But, ask me the question and I am simply unable to remember the titles, though I seem to remember those smiles and mushy-heart moments…And then again, reading makes me happy too!! . QOTD: What are the books that made/make you smile? . My answer: The books pictured here (and many many more).. Check out my blog for all the details : https://bit.ly/3eCno0O . . . #bookstagram #toptenbooks #bookstack #igreads #readersofinstagram #ilovebooks #bookworm #ladyinreadwrites #toptenbooks #toptentuesday #bookish #bookishlist
And the others
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Day 196, 2020: “How Lovely Is the Silence of Growing Things” by Evan Dicken . . . #rebel_flowers #myweekofpetals #its_my_week #ladyinreadwrites #mycanonlife #mybackyardgarden #eggplant #canonpowershot #canonpowershotsx50hs @its_my_week #raw_colours_ #flowersofinstagram #vegetablegarden #rebel_colors @rebels_nature #raw_flowers
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Day 194, 2020: ‘Like a bird on wire, I soak in the world, and watch life transpire.’ – unknown . From the archives, Aug 2015, Thennanjar, a beautiful village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India.. . . . #ru_birds_20 #rebels_united #rebelpops #rebels_nature #raw_allnature #ladyinreadwrites #mycanonlife #canonpowershot #canonpowershotsx50hs #birdsofinstagram #birdonawire #ruralindia #iloveindia #birdsofig #raw_allnature #raw_birds #raw_community #raw1million
On My Blog and Home-front
More posts of course, book reviews and lists, and that other type of post I have been meaning to write!!! And keeping in mind the upcoming celebrations, I do want to try making the penuche fudge (did not know the name though I am sure I have eaten it)
This Week’s Celebrations
Here are a few celebrations I think I will enjoy celebrating (in addition to reading Hemingway’s stories the 21st through the 26th)
- “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”… and since it is almost the 20th of July, you will most likely land on the moon!! It is after all National Moon Day!
- And while you are there, enjoy a sweet treat in the form of a lollipop for it is also National Lollipop Day on July 20
- Be Someone Day on July 21
- Penuche Fudge Day on July 22
- Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23
- National Amelia Earhart Day on July 24
- National Hot Fudge Sunday on July 25
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 up to the Ultimate Blog Challenge
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