Title of the Poem: SOLEDAD
10 SYLLABLES PER LINE
STRUGGLES OF WOMEN IN THE EARLY
Right to Vote (April 30, 1937)
Right to be heard
Right to be seen
About the poem…
A sonnet type of a lyric poem
SOLEDAD means “solitude” in Spanish
Written by : Angela Manalang Gloria
How to undress the poem
Who is the Speaker/ persona?
Who is the audience?
What is the tone/mood?
It was a sacrilege, the neighbors cried
The way she shattered every mullioned pane
To let a firebrand in. They tried in vain
To understand how one so carved from pride.
And glassed in dream could have so flung aside.
Her graven days, or why she dared profane
The bread and wine of life for some insane
Moment with him. The scandal never died.
But no one guessed that loveliness would claim
Her soul’s cathedral burned by his desires
Or that he left her aureoled in flame…
And seeing nothing but her blackened spires,
The town condemned this girl who loved too well
And found her heaven in the depths of hell.