Considered as one of the more accomplished practitioners of the sonnet, Trinidad Tarrosa-Subido says of the poetic form: "its writing 'did not take all that much effort on my part. My lines were almost complete in my mind when I sat down to write'" (as quoted in Abad 406).
Most of these sonnets were written for Abelardo Subido, who was then President of the UP Writers Club and Literary Editor of the Philippine Collegian. As Abad puts in "their campus romance is the most unusual, for they carried on as it were in the pages of the Collegian and the Literary Apprentice. Their book together, Two Voices (1945), 'is a book of poems that two lovers wrote to each other in the days of their courtship, and...thereafter to each other as man and wife'" (407).
Her family published two posthumous collections of Trinidad and Abelardo's poetry (see photos above and right): Trinidad Tarrosa-Subido's Private Edition: Sonnets and Other Poems (Manila: Milestone Publication, 2002), and Abelardo Subido's Sonnets from a Gardener and Other Poems (Manila: Milestone Publication, 2002).
Unlike his wife, Abelardo was not as active in the literary scene after finishing his law degree. He devoted most of his time to government service, capping his career as a Commissioner of the Civil Service and Chairman of the Presidential Anti-Graft Committee.
For our discussion of Tarrosa-Subido's poetry, we will read the following selections: "You Shall Be Free," "Vanity," and "Muted Cry."
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