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Silent Trails

Deep Meaning
The poem expresses that the lonely atmosphere of the Benguet Hills is the same as
a lonely person. A person who is lonely is always silent; just like the Benguet Hills
was described in the poem. As we go deeper in the trails we discover new things,
just like when we find out a lonely persons thoughts. We discover their true feelings
and emotions that they are keeping in because they do not have anyone to share
them with.
Literal Meaning
This poem tells about the silent atmosphere of the Benguet Hills, and because of
this you can only hear the music that is produced by nature. Like the movement of
ferns caused by the wind, the echoes of colliding bamboos and the sound of the
pakkongs that the women beat as they pass by the trails. It also tells about the
beautiful nature you can find as you walk along the trails of Benguet Hills.
Analysis
Silent Trails
Silent Trails
Silent are the trails of Benguet Hills
When the mist veils the sun
Even when the wind stirs the ferns
And the bamboo brakes sing
Their echoed murmurs.
And the laden Benguet women pass;
Beating their pakkongs*
In cadenced monotones.
Even so,
These trails are lonely...
And deep are the ravines,
And higher still the skies.

Transcript of Silent Trails


Vocabulary
Veils- to obscure, or conceal.
Laden- Fill or place a load on.
Pakkong- a bamboo percussion instrument used by the benguet to
accompany their chants.
Cadence- a recurrent rhythmical series.
Ravine- a deep narrow steep sided valley.
SILENT TRAILS

by Marcelo de Gracia Concepcion


Silent trails
Silent are the trails of Benguet hills,
When the mist veils the sun Even when the wind stirs the ferns
And the bamboo brakes sing
Their echoed murmurs.
And the laden Benguet women pass;
Beating their pakkongs*
In cadenced monotones.
Even so,
These trails are lonely...
And deep are the ravines,
And higher still the skies
Silent Trails
Marcelo de Gracia Concepcion (1895-1954)
A Philipppine American Writer
2 Notable Poetry
Azucena (1926)- The first book of poetry by a Filipino written in English.
The Bamboo Flute (1932)- Shadow and Chimeras.
Settings
Place: Benguet Hills (banaue rice terraces)
Point of View: Third Person
Benguets people chants while using Pakkong
Benguet culture and arts
Then and now Benguet people is still divided into two tribes the Ibaloi and
the Kankana-ey. Benguet Rituals, Beliefs, Benguets Gods and Goddesses and
Marriage are still in Practice.
it describes the lonely silent trails. There you can only hear the sounds or
music that are made from the beautiful nature in Benguet Hills.
What is the poem Silent Trails all about?

Silent trails
Silent are the trails of Benguet hills,
When the mist veils the sun Even when the wind stirs the ferns
And the bamboo brakes sing
Their echoed murmurs.

And the laden Benguet women pass;


Beating their pakkongs*
In cadenced monotones.

Even so,
These trails are lonely...
And deep are the ravines,
And
higher

still

the

skies.

My
Analysis:
It tells about the silent atmosphere in Benguet hills, because of the silent atmosphere there you can only hear the
sound or music that made from the beautiful nature in benguet hills. Like the movement of ferns because of the
breeze and the echoey coming from Colliding bamboo. Also the pakkongs that serves the guidance of the feet of
women there that makes sound every tread of feet.