Reading notes on Dandaniw Ilokano: mga tulang Ilokano 1621-2014, and an excellent idea

I have always been interested in antho209212_biglogies, of how they frame a collection of supposedly disparate and independent works as parts
of a larger histo

rical continuity. This is why I was excited to hear that an anthology of Ilokano poetry was coming out. Since I am currently living in a place where Ilokano is apparently the lingua franca, and

also because it is a new and ambitious work, I promptly got my copy from Dandaniw Ilokano: mga tulang Ilokano 1621-2014 from the local bookshop.

Which brings me to an excellent idea by Facebook user Earl Lagunsad:

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So while we wait for a talented and generous programmer to do that right now, here are my notes.

  • Page 45 – religious pa rin pero may struggle

  • Page 51 – watawat; unang national shit. May naka-all caps na mga salita

  • Page 53 – Erotic

  • Page 57 – Spanish use of ¡. Is there no translation of pag-ibig in Ilokano?

  • Page 63 – Religious, rural life

  • Page 65 – Romanticistic; almost pastoral

  • Page 69 – Romantic uli

  • Page 71 – Description of things

  • Page 73 – “Love your work”

  • Page 74 – So far, teaching about values, industriousness, etc

  • Page 83 – Very interesting; about private property and growing divide between propertied and non-propertied; romantic din

  • Page 103 – GANDA

  • Page 107 – Farming

  • Page 111 – Very advanced, halos modernist

  • Page 123 – Philosophical

  • Page 133 – First formal innovation, or at least some variations in stanza indention

  • Page 135 – First pop culture reference (Gloria Diaz)

  • Page 137 – New York reference; Filipino/Ilokano diaspora

  • Page 143 – Filipino diaspora in Hawaii, Agcaoili

  • Page 157 – ‘Advice’; may mga common people characters

  • Page 163 – Experience of a rural person going to a city; kapalaran; gumagamit pa rin religious metaphors

  • Barrio Mundo as in makamundo/sanlibutan and the city as paradise; kapalaran (fate) as vehicle to paradise. Wala pang malinaw na explanation ng urbanization kaya’t fate pa rin ang perceived primary factor.

  • Page 169 – Seaman

  • Page 177 – First militant; nakulong

  • Page 181 – ‘philosophical’

  • Page 182 – ‘Avant-garde’

  • Page 187 – ‘Avant- garde’

  • Page 191 – Labandera

  • Page 199 – Rebel weird

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