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B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga, Revisited – May 14, 2016

Vincent Van Gogh. Red Vineyard at Arles, 1888. 3D Adaption: Tumblr

Vincent Van Gogh. Red Vineyard at Arles, 1888. 3D Adaption: Tumblr

Hello everyone!  This is Paloma, greeting you from B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond.

For this week you have the choice of writing a shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5), or a “Tanaga“, or a Tanaga, which we shall revisit today.

The Tanaga is a Filipino poem.  It consists of four lines with seven syllables each; the rhyme scheme is AABB.

Traditional tanagas don’t have titles and are composed in the Tagalog language.  Most have been handed down through oral history and contain proverbs and moral lessons. (Similar to the tanaga is the ambahan, which has an indefinite length.)

Modern Tanaga

The tanaga has been in danger of becoming a dying art form. The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission of the Arts have been trying to revive it. Several groups have been promoting the form in English.

The form is beginning to change slightly – not only are tanagas appearing in more frequently in English, they are picking up titles and varying their rhyme forms (for example, AABB, ABBB, ABAB, ABBA, AAAB, BAAA, ABCD, etc).

Here is an example in ABBB:

This longing, a double door
split by splintered memories.
Grief and time set boundaries –
I have earned my miseries.

Paloma (2014)

The peaceful river reflects
fruitful banks the grass protects
and where trees their strength renew:
may I reflect new life, too!

Paloma (2014/2015)

Feel free to write a shadorma and/or tanaga.  The choice is yours! When you have written your poem(s), please TAG them B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond and MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.

Good luck!

8 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga, Revisited – May 14, 2016

  1. taleweavering
    May 14, 2016

    Interesting for me to learn the different cultural style of poetics.

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  3. Rall
    May 16, 2016

    Enjoyed doing this one. Thanks for a great prompt Jen.

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  6. julespaige
    May 18, 2016

    One of each:
    Going Too Far?

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  7. rosemawrites
    May 18, 2016

    Hi! 🙂 It is my first time here and I would love to try Shadorma. I have written a couple of Tanaga in my site but what I like about your post is that you revisit the state of the form. 🙂 I am from the Philippines and thank you for the information. I guess we have to revive these art. 🙂


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