The word “milonga,” in Argentine culture, identifies a folk musical genre, a dance form, and a traditional (often improvised) mode of verbal art or poetry. The term is also colloquially used for lively parties or gatherings and, by extension, it is locally and internationally applied to tango (and milonga) dance venues. Borges’ poetry follows the typical octosyllabic lines of the milonga verse form and the traditional "abcb" rhyme pattern of this folk tradition. Many of his milongas have been set to music by a variety of composers.

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