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Balagtasan: Kasaysayan at Antolohiya Galileo S. Zafra

Balagtasan: Kasaysayan at Antolohiya

Galileo S. Zafra

Published 2007
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281 pages
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The balagtasan was a very popular literary form since its creation in 1924 until the outbreak of the Second World War. It was the form that brought fame to the many poets who performed it. Crowds flocked to watch these verbal jousts in huge venuesMoreThe balagtasan was a very popular literary form since its creation in 1924 until the outbreak of the Second World War. It was the form that brought fame to the many poets who performed it. Crowds flocked to watch these verbal jousts in huge venues like the Opera House, Olympic Statium, Teatro Zorilla and other venues in the provinces. There was much heated arguments concerning it in print and in radio before the War. Though it started as a Tagalog poetic form, there exists many versions of it in the different regional languages, and performances in English and Spanish too. Despite its great popularity, the balagtasan texts were never collected and no thorough literary study has been made. For the first time, here is a history and an anthology of this Filipino poetic form.