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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:10 PM   #1
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Tanaga: Philippine-styled poetry

What is a tanaga?

A Tanaga is a type of Philippine poetry composed of 4 lines, 7 syllables (traditionally) each in the rhyming pattern: AAAA, ABAB,AAAB, ABBA, AABB or in a free verse. A person who writes tanaga is usually called a 'tanagista'

Like a Japanese Haiku, a tanaga can be of any topic and it usually speaks for itself. A tanaga was originally done in Tagalog but it can be done in many languages.

Here are mines enjoy

LOVE

The sweetest pair of dove
Filling the air with love
Trying to make my heart
Land in yours like a dart

NIGHTMARE

Someone giving me cold stares
As I run down spiral stairs
I say all of my prayers
Soul awakens such nightmares!

PLACE

Landscape beauty, paint my eyes!
Colors of natural dyes
Of greens under the blue skies
And each bird and bee that flies

UNDECIDED

The clock clicking and ticking
The moment lost is mocking
Confusion keeps me going
On a forked road approaching

HAPPY MOMENT

Intrinsic value of time
Thereto should have shared with thee.
Memories that have made mime
In my heart a revelry

Let's share our own tanagas in this thread. Remember, it can be everything!!
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:13 PM   #2
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Nice poetry! I'm not much of a poet though, sorry....
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:18 PM   #3
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are we supposed to make our own?
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:23 PM   #4
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:24 PM   #5
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Well, you can make one or get it from other sources but please cite the author or where it comes from. However, its much better if it comes from us diba?
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:25 PM   #6
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ok double poster hehee
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:26 PM   #7
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Here are the ones I got from the site: http://tanaga.blogspot.com/

Aso

Mataas sa pag-upo,
Mababa 'pag tumayo.
Kaibigan kong ginto,
Karamay at kalaro.


Pusa

Matanda na ang nuno,
Hindi pa naliligo.
Sa tubig nagtatago,
Tinik ang sinusuyo.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:42 PM   #8
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Here's mine too:

Guho

Noong may'rong pagkulog
Luha ay tumutulo
Hindi na makatulog
Mundo ko'y maguguho

SSC

Sa computer natitig
Sila do'n ni tigidig
Minsan ay di ko ma-dig
Kahit di-na tumindig
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:43 PM   #9
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Quote:
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Sa computer natitig
Sila do'n ni tigidig
Minsan ay di ko ma-dig
Kahit di-na tumindig
That was witty! Yeah, sometimes Tigs train of thought derails us readers (no pun intended! ).
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:49 PM   #10
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^niloloko na naman ako ni Askal
baka na naman ako dito maging versatile dito, i like blackidy black
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Tanaga ng mga coņo:

I am Assumptionista.
Make tusok the fishballs ba.
Super duper talaga.
Oh diba grabe bongga!
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Old December 28th, 2005, 07:55 PM   #12
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i think this is gonna be a fun thread.
wait till the bisdaks posts theirs heeeheee
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Old December 28th, 2005, 08:05 PM   #13
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@ Tigi- Wala ako maisip na ma rhyme with -ig at the end, so ur my life saver. The tanaga is not only intended for you but with the forumers of SSC kaya nga SSC ang title.
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i think this is gonna be a fun thread.
wait till the bisdaks posts theirs heeeheee
I've been seeing/reading this a lot here....what does "bisdak" mean?
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bisayang dako hehehe
i think it means full bisaya kirz. not sure though
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Big Visayan? What's big about it?
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Here is how I describe Philippines in 4 lines:

Ang lupang sinilangan
Pilipinas ang ngalan
Yaman ng kalikasan
Kay sarap ng puntahan

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Big Visayan? What's big about it?
I don't know its mostly used in the Visayan region (Cebu), while others in Mindanao don't really use that term.

Probably because its the largest native language being spoken in the country (Visayas and Mindanao).
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Quote:
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bisayang dako hehehe
i think it means full bisaya kirz. not sure though
oh thats what it means, i ask her and she said she dont know maybe its friend.
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Quote:
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Here is how I describe Philippines in 4 lines:

Ang lupang sinilangan
Pilipinas ang ngalan
Yaman ng kalikasan
Kay sarap ng puntahan

Very patriotic!
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