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A Fighter’s LineA Fighter’s Line
The Poet : Marzuki AliThe Poet : Marzuki Ali
Born in Terengganu, MalaysiaBorn in Terengganu, Malaysia
Writes poems to de...
Word HelpWord Help
wornworn DamagedDamaged
sacrificessacrifices Putting others before our needPutting others before our ne...
Summary of PoemSummary of Poem
 Four stanzas; last stanza is a coupletFour stanzas; last stanza is a couplet
Lines 1 - 7L...
Feels somewhat helpless that he cannot do anythingFeels somewhat helpless that he cannot do anything
though he is disturb...
SettingSetting
 Time frame : The present timeTime frame : The present time
 Place : At homePlace : At home
PersonaPersona
 The persona in this poem is an old man whoThe persona in this poem is an old man who
was a soldier who fo...
•ThemeTheme
 PatriotismPatriotism
 The appela for freedom and justiceThe appela for freedom and justice
 MessageMessage...
ToneTone
 The poem has a gloomyThe poem has a gloomy
 The poem creates a depressing moodThe poem creates a depressing mo...
Imagery/symbolismImagery/symbolism
 Represents the fight forRepresents the fight for
independenceindependence
 Represent...
Exercise A : MatchingExercise A : Matching
1.The persona became cripple1.The persona became cripple a. free from colonial ...
Exercise B : Fill in each of the blanks with one suitableExercise B : Fill in each of the blanks with one suitable
words.w...
Exercise : Open-responseExercise : Open-response
 1. Which phrase in Stanza shows that the persona is worn1. Which phrase...
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  1. 1. A Fighter’s LineA Fighter’s Line
  2. 2. The Poet : Marzuki AliThe Poet : Marzuki Ali Born in Terengganu, MalaysiaBorn in Terengganu, Malaysia Writes poems to dedicate his love for his hometownWrites poems to dedicate his love for his hometown Has been writing poetry since the 60’s until todayHas been writing poetry since the 60’s until today Some of his poems have been published by DewanSome of his poems have been published by Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka, Kuala LumpurBahasa & Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur Writes poems about the wonders of his hometown,Writes poems about the wonders of his hometown, worries of the world, and his ever-growing concern forworries of the world, and his ever-growing concern for the environmentthe environment Most of his poems inspire patriotismMost of his poems inspire patriotism Actively involved in Malaysian and IndonesianActively involved in Malaysian and Indonesian TheatreTheatre
  3. 3. Word HelpWord Help wornworn DamagedDamaged sacrificessacrifices Putting others before our needPutting others before our need crushedcrushed Broken down in spiritBroken down in spirit challengechallenge confrontconfront remnantsremnants Leftovers, loose endsLeftovers, loose ends deceitdeceit Dishonesty, corruptionDishonesty, corruption ranksranks Lines or rows of peopleLines or rows of people ancestorancestor forefatherforefather erecterect BuildBuild heirsheirs successorssuccessors
  4. 4. Summary of PoemSummary of Poem  Four stanzas; last stanza is a coupletFour stanzas; last stanza is a couplet Lines 1 - 7Lines 1 - 7  The persona talks about fighting in the war for our nation’s independence.The persona talks about fighting in the war for our nation’s independence.  He is now old and tired. He has lost his strength fighting for independence of this country.He is now old and tired. He has lost his strength fighting for independence of this country.  He has suffered a lot in this war and only history can speak for his sacrifices.He has suffered a lot in this war and only history can speak for his sacrifices. Lines 8-14Lines 8-14  He is now physically trapped in a wheelchair.He is now physically trapped in a wheelchair.  He feels helpless. He sees many things that disturb him such as corruption.He feels helpless. He sees many things that disturb him such as corruption.  However, being crippled, he is unable to do anything.However, being crippled, he is unable to do anything. Lines 15-21Lines 15-21  He calls on the young people to be together and to fight against corrupt forces.He calls on the young people to be together and to fight against corrupt forces.  If the young people are united, they can act together as one strong voice to fight and overcomeIf the young people are united, they can act together as one strong voice to fight and overcome many problems in the country.many problems in the country.  Now, he is old and has no more energy and strength left; the yout has what it takes to do whatNow, he is old and has no more energy and strength left; the yout has what it takes to do what is right.is right.
  5. 5. Feels somewhat helpless that he cannot do anythingFeels somewhat helpless that he cannot do anything though he is disturbed by thethough he is disturbed by the net of deceitnet of deceit he seeshe sees around him. The deceit or corruption is increasingaround him. The deceit or corruption is increasing rapidly.rapidly. Stanza 3Stanza 3 The persona appeals to the younger generation who areThe persona appeals to the younger generation who are sons of our ancestorsons of our ancestor, to stand up for their freedom, be, to stand up for their freedom, be united to fight for justice.united to fight for justice. Stanza 4Stanza 4 He ends the poem by repeating that he has no moreHe ends the poem by repeating that he has no more strength, energy or voice to fight. It is now up to thestrength, energy or voice to fight. It is now up to the young people of today to stand up for their rights andyoung people of today to stand up for their rights and freedomfreedom
  6. 6. SettingSetting  Time frame : The present timeTime frame : The present time  Place : At homePlace : At home
  7. 7. PersonaPersona  The persona in this poem is an old man whoThe persona in this poem is an old man who was a soldier who fought for our nation’swas a soldier who fought for our nation’s independenceindependence  He is now old, tired and crippled, having toHe is now old, tired and crippled, having to spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair.spend the rest of his days in a wheelchair.  He feels somewhat helpless being old andHe feels somewhat helpless being old and crippled. His body is weak and his energy iscrippled. His body is weak and his energy is drained.drained.
  8. 8. •ThemeTheme  PatriotismPatriotism  The appela for freedom and justiceThe appela for freedom and justice  MessageMessage  Our country must be free of corruptionOur country must be free of corruption  We must stand up together and fight our rightsWe must stand up together and fight our rights  Age may crush your physical ability but not your spirit andAge may crush your physical ability but not your spirit and mental strengthmental strength
  9. 9. ToneTone  The poem has a gloomyThe poem has a gloomy  The poem creates a depressing moodThe poem creates a depressing mood  The poem also seeks to inspire the youth ofThe poem also seeks to inspire the youth of todaytoday
  10. 10. Imagery/symbolismImagery/symbolism  Represents the fight forRepresents the fight for independenceindependence  Represents a united populationRepresents a united population  Represents people under anRepresents people under an independent governmentindependent government
  11. 11. Exercise A : MatchingExercise A : Matching 1.The persona became cripple1.The persona became cripple a. free from colonial rule.a. free from colonial rule. 2. To be worn out is to2. To be worn out is to b. in body and spirit.b. in body and spirit. 3. Our nation fought for independence to be3. Our nation fought for independence to be c. corruption among the nation’s leaders.c. corruption among the nation’s leaders. 4.The persona feels crushed4.The persona feels crushed d. united and courageousd. united and courageous 5. The persona feels helpless for he5. The persona feels helpless for he e. overcome it and be successfule. overcome it and be successful 6.To face a challenge is to be able6.To face a challenge is to be able f. feel tired and weakf. feel tired and weak 7.The ‘net of deceit’ refers to7.The ‘net of deceit’ refers to e. after fighting in the war for independecee. after fighting in the war for independece 8. To santai up for justice, people have to be8. To santai up for justice, people have to be f. is old and crippled.f. is old and crippled.
  12. 12. Exercise B : Fill in each of the blanks with one suitableExercise B : Fill in each of the blanks with one suitable words.words. The former soldier sit in hisThe former soldier sit in his __________(1) and recall the war he fought in. It__________(1) and recall the war he fought in. It was a fight for ___________(2) for his country.was a fight for ___________(2) for his country. During the war, he became ____________(3) andDuring the war, he became ____________(3) and crippled. Though crushed in body andcrippled. Though crushed in body and ___________(4), he feels strongly against the___________(4), he feels strongly against the ___________(5) he sees around him. This has to___________(5) he sees around him. This has to be put an _____________(6). It can only be donebe put an _____________(6). It can only be done if people join together as a __________(7) forceif people join together as a __________(7) force and speak out. They have to work together to bringand speak out. They have to work together to bring about __________(8) in their nation.about __________(8) in their nation.
  13. 13. Exercise : Open-responseExercise : Open-response  1. Which phrase in Stanza shows that the persona is worn1. Which phrase in Stanza shows that the persona is worn out?out?  2. Explain what is meant by sacrifices that “ know no2. Explain what is meant by sacrifices that “ know no name or life”?name or life”?  3. In Stanza 2, what appeal is made by the person? Why?3. In Stanza 2, what appeal is made by the person? Why?  4. How should the people carry out the fight for justice?4. How should the people carry out the fight for justice?  5. Which two phrases in the poem show that the persona5. Which two phrases in the poem show that the persona feels very helpless?feels very helpless?

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