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Teaching "ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE? "
Here's the easiest and fastest way to teach your students this
poem.. Make s...
conscience
to be thinking of you
in the hazard of you
my younger brothers
unemployed and desperate
my people disunited by ...
barren.
2) The ‘luxuries’ here refer to "
watching the rain,
gazing at the evening rays,
collecting dew drops and
enjoying...


Adapting to changes. This is inevitable. We need to adapt to all
kinds of social, economic and political changes. In th...
UNDERSTANDING THE POEM
Lines 1 to 10
The poet tells about his homeland , Jamaica and rejoices the beauty of
this island. J...
TONE,MOOD, ATMOSPHERE
Appreciative and happy
Carefree and light-hearted
Sense of beauty
POINT OF VIEW
Third person point o...
This is a sample of the flower, buttercup.

Canefield plantation

I stated earlier about how good times and bad times come...
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Are you still playing your flute

  1. 1. Teaching "ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE? " Here's the easiest and fastest way to teach your students this poem.. Make sure they understand these points.. ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE? By Zurinah Hassan Are you still playing your Masihkah kau bermain seruling flute? When there is hardly time for walau waktu telah terlewat untuk kita our love bercinta aku semakin terasa bersalah I am feeling guilty To be longing for your song melayani godaan irama The melody concealed in the lagu yang tersimpan pada lorong halus buluh slim hollow of the bamboo Uncovered by the breath of an dikeluarkan oleh nafas seniman artist diukir oleh bibir Composed by his fingers diatur oleh jari Blown by the wind dilayangkan oleh alun angin To the depth of my heart. menolak ke dasar rasa. Are you still playing the flute? In the village so quiet and deserted Amidst the sick rice field While here it has become a luxury To spend time watching the rain Gazing at the evening rays Collecting dew drops Or enjoying the fragrance of flowers. Masihkah kau bermain seruling ketika kampung semakin sunyi Are you still playing your flute? The more it disturbs my Masihkah kau bermain seruling sawah telah uzur waktu jadi terlalu mahal untuk memerhatikan hujan turun merenung jalur senja mengutip manik embun menghidu harum bunga. ketika aku terasa amat bersalah
  2. 2. conscience to be thinking of you in the hazard of you my younger brothers unemployed and desperate my people disunited by politics my friend slaughtered mercilessly this world is too old and bleeding untuk melayani rasa rindu padamu di kota yang semakin kusut dan tenat adik-adikku menganggur dan sakit jiwa bangsaku dipecahkan oleh politik saudara diserang bom-bom ganas dunia sudah terlalu tua dan parah. Di sinilah berakhirnya percintaan kita kerana zaman sedang menuntut para seniman hidup di luar dirinya. ~ Zurinah Hassan http://zurinahhassan.blogspot.com 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Questions : What is the persona feeling guilty of? Where does the persona live? What about the flutist/ her boyfriend? What is considered a luxury by the persona ? Why is the village so quiet and deserted? Why is the rice field sick? What are the problems/hardships mentioned ? 1)The village is quiet and deserted. The paddy fields looked
  3. 3. barren. 2) The ‘luxuries’ here refer to " watching the rain, gazing at the evening rays, collecting dew drops and enjoying the fragrance of the flower" and all these luxuries can be enjoyed in the rural areas and not in the city where everything is so busy, everybody leading a hectic and busy life. 3) The persona and her boyfriend, the flutist live in two different "worlds" .. The persona's lifestyle and way of thinking is now different from her boy friend's. 4) She feels guilty when she misses / or longs for the beautiful melody of the bamboo flute played by her beloved long ago because her conscience tells her that it is not a right thing to do/feel. 5) She cannot accept the fact that while the village is under populated and the paddy field in a deplorable state, her lover can still play the flute and not thinking of the situation, or at least feeling bad about not being able to do anything about it.. 6)She also feels guilty to be thinking of their love at their difficult times. The hardships portrayed here are unemployed young men, people disunited by politics and a ‘dying’ world. Themes/ Moral values 1)Themes
  4. 4.  Adapting to changes. This is inevitable. We need to adapt to all kinds of social, economic and political changes. In this poem, the flutist is aloof to changes happening around him.  Love and appreciate the arts. 2)Moral Values  Aware of your family commitment. Everyone needs to take responsibility to the changes that take place in life and act accordingly. The flutist does not succumb to the changes around him. He clings on to his roots. He is not aware of his family commitments. The persona, his former lover has progressed in life while he still leads his conventional lifestyle.  3) Get your priorities right. Eg: Village nowadays is left quiet and deserted. Rice fields are left barren, but the flutist continues to play his flute. He needs to realize there is time to play and time to work. Hence, one must get his priorities right. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------the watering hole let's grow together... Sunday, January 9, 2011 Nature (by H. D Carberry) This poem is simply about nature. It talks about the condition, climate and atmosphere in Jamaica. Surprisingly, even figuratively, this poem is actually talking about the natural cycle of nature - the cycle of life. In my opinion, in this poem, the poet is trying to convey the message that in life, there will definitely be bad times and good times no matter where you are. And it can comes in every different forms.
  5. 5. UNDERSTANDING THE POEM Lines 1 to 10 The poet tells about his homeland , Jamaica and rejoices the beauty of this island. Jamaica has no seasonal changes. It has a tropical climate which is hot and wet throughout the year. The days of golden sunshine are glorious and magnificent. The are many canefields in Jamaica as sugar is one of the main exports in this country. Lines 11 to 15 In the ending of the poem, the poet tells us his favourite time – days when the flowers of mango trees and logwood blossom. He uses imagery of sound and smell to illustrate abundant life and activity in the bushes when the ‘sound of bees and the scent of honey’ add to the charm and beauty of Jamaica. He describes the fields filled with lovely yellow buttercups. All this happens when the rains have stopped and the beauty if nature emerges once again. THEMES Beauty of nature Appreciation of one own country Appreciate nature MORAL VALUES We should appreciate what we have in our own country We should not long for what we do not have. We should appreciate our homeland. We should appreciate the beauty of nature.
  6. 6. TONE,MOOD, ATMOSPHERE Appreciative and happy Carefree and light-hearted Sense of beauty POINT OF VIEW Third person point of view LANGUAGE AND STYLE Simple and easy to understand the language Clear and descriptive Simple style with no rhyming scheme POETIC DEVICES Imagery – e.g. ‘gold sun’, ‘lush green fields’, ‘trees struggling’ Alliteration – e.g. ‘sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air’ Symbols – e.g. ‘gold sun’ – symbol of summer, ‘rains’ – symbol of winter Contrast – e.g. ‘beauty’ or summer is compared with ‘rains’ or winter Figurative Language – Simile – ‘rain beats like bullets’ Metaphor – e.g. ‘the buttercups paved the earth with yellow stars’ Personification – ‘buttercups have paved the earth’ … buttercups have been personified as having laid tiles For reference, I’ve included the pictures of some plants (plantation) mentioned in this poem.
  7. 7. This is a sample of the flower, buttercup. Canefield plantation I stated earlier about how good times and bad times come in differrent forms. I think we can definitely say that for those living in the places with the four seasons, the best seasons are usually spring and summer, and most of the time, people dread the Autumn and Winter's climate. As for Jamaicans, and may I say, Malaysians, we have our preference to and in the poem, the best days are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom, bushes full with the sound of bee with the scent of honey, with slight wind, and the buttercup blooms all over the plains. Do also note that the poem ends with the line " and beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone". This is also another big resemblance to our life, as it has been our experience that after bad times, good times will follow and sometimes ever so abrubtly. This reminds me to a piece of a lyrics that can roughly be translated as below: "Adversity is a gift, So, brave through it with patience, Soon the light will come, As the cloud will not be there forever, But the light will be brighter than ever."

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