The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Did a really long review only to find out it hadn’t saved. Goodreads, please add an autosave function.
I don’t want to type all of that again, but basically my review boils into one thing: the play is to be taken ironically. Katherine’s transformation is an exaggeration to “Renaissance ideals” and “male fantasies”. In other words, they only exist in a play, hence, a comedy on how impractical men can think sometimes. Y’all need to wake up.
Loved this book because of how it made me chuckle and think at the same time.
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[a Petrarchan Sonnet]
In a tropical month of the fourth
There is but a wind as gentle as brush
and old pasture would be the new lush
Bringing a set of tiny footsteps forth
But the heat can be that of west by north
When water is pulled with an upward flush
Then below again, an alien of gush
A repeat from before the month of the fourth
Though there I see the pitter-patter
that challenge the steam like unflinching geese
As the cold absence of usual chatter
warm the chill with the tropic and her fleece
Thus when the ardent sky makes a splatter
It is not for flooding, but for release
“Do you like the darkness?” I ask.
She takes a sip of her tea in the black. It is the only sound she makes before she whispers, “Yes.”
She says nothing for a second, then a minute, then an hour. Soon, we are engulfed in her darkness.
How does a breeze pass by?
Sometimes it whistles
Sometimes it floats
Sometimes it sings
Sometimes it grows
But this breeze does none
Other than a whoosh
Then it’s gone
A beautiful disappearance
HAI[NA]KU and other poems by AA Patawaran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
First off, I bought this book not knowing it was written by a Filipino, so the introduction quite surprised me. I hadn’t read a handful of books by FIlipinos before, especially when written in English, so I didn’t know what to expect – especially that HAI[NA]KU is a collection of poetry!
Here’s what makes HAI[NA]KU worth the read:
1. Content. There’s a variety of them – from love to travels, every poem has its essence, not just something made-up as a filler.
2. Variety. The types of poems presented here ranges from haikus to free verses. I also remember having seen a ballad.
3. Language. It’s professional. It’s vivid. It’s hallucinating. Some poems really hit me at the hard strings.
4. Filipino pride. With a dash of Filipino culture, I could never have related to this more.
In short, we need more poetry like this.
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