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Practice 1 IN THE MIDST OF HARDSHIP At dawn they returned home their soaky clothes torn and approached the

stove their limbs marked by scratches their legs full of wounds but on their brows there was not a sign of despair The whole day and night just passed they had to brave the horrendous flood in the water all the time between bloated carcasses and tiny chips of tree barks desperately looking for their son¶s albino buffalo that was never found There were born amidst hardship and grew up without a sigh or a complaint now they are in the kitchen, making jokes while rolling their cigarette leaves By Latiff Mohidin Translated by Salleh Ben Joned a. Why were their clothes µsoaky¶? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. Write down the line in the poem which reveals that this incident took place in a village? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« c. What does the phrase ³bloated carcasses´ refer to? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« d. In your opinion, what kind of attitude do the last two lines imply? Explain. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« «««««««««««««««««««««««««

Practice 2: IN THE MIDST OF HARDSHIP (stanzas 1 and 2) At dawn they returned home their soaky clothes torn and approached the stove their limbs marked by scratches their legs full of wounds but on their brows there was not a sign of despair The whole day and night just passed they had to brave the horrendous flood in the water all the time between bloated carcasses and tiny chips of tree barks desperately looking for their son¶s albino buffalo that was never found By Latiff Mohidin Translated by Salleh Ben Joned a. Write down the line which shows that they have been out for long hours? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. The theme may not be exactly about hardship as implied by the title. What is the theme related to? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« c. What does the phrase µalbino buffalo¶ reveal? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« d. What moral value did you learn from the poem? Explain. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««

Practice 3: He Had Such Quiet Eyes (Stanzas 1 and 2) He had such quiet eyes She did not realise They were two pools of lies Layered with thinnest ice To her, those quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise If only she¶d been wise And had listened to the advice Never to compromise With pleasure-seeking guys She¶d be free from ³the hows and whys´ Bibsy Soenharjo-1968 a. What does the phrase µtwo pools of lies¶ refer to? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. Which lines show that the man is saying ³I love you, and if you love me, prove it!´ ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. c. Which stanza shows that there is a sense of regret? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««« d. What do you understand by the phrase ³the hows and whys´? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««

Practice 4:

He Had Such Quiet Eyes He had such quiet eyes She did not realise They were two pools of lies Layered with thinnest ice To her, those quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise If only she¶d been wise And had listened to the advice Never to compromise With pleasure-seeking guys She¶d be free from ³the hows and whys´ Now here¶s a bit of advice Be sure that nice really means nice Then you¶ll never be losing at dice Though you may lose your heart once or twice Bibsy Soenharjo-1968 a. What does the phrase µthinnest ice¶ imply? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. In this poem, the poet talks about the betrayal of a young girl¶s feelings for a man. She believes in his sincerity to her as he had pleaded to her to surrender to him. Write the two lines depicting this. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. c. What is the main theme in this poem? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« d. What did you learn from this poem? Explain. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««

Practice 5: Are You Still Playing Your Flute? Are you still playing your flute? When there is hardly time for our love I am feeling guilty To be longing for your song The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo Uncovered by the breath of an artist Composed by his fingers Blown by the wind To the depth of my heart. Are you still playing your flute? In the village so quiet and deserted Amidst the sick rice fields 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. Are you still playing your flute? The more it disturbs my 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. By Zurinah Hassan a. Who is the persona in the poem? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. Write one line from the poem that depicts that people are jobless. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. c. Provide three phrases that depict the message of cruel realities of a nation in uncertainty of its future. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««.

««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. d. In your own words describe why the poet used the word ³sick´ to describe the rice fields. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. Practice 6: Are You Still Playing Your Flute? (Stanzas 1 and 2) Are you still playing your flute? When there is hardly time for our love I am feeling guilty To be longing for your song The melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo Uncovered by the breath of an artist Composed by his fingers Blown by the wind To the depth of my heart. Are you still playing your flute? In the village so quiet and deserted Amidst the sick rice fields 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. By Zurinah Hassan a. What did the persona mean when she said µdeserted¶? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. Why is the persona feeling guilty? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««« «««««««««««««««««««««««««««« c. Why is the question ³Are you still playing your flute¶ repeated as the starting line of all the stanzas?

«««««««««««««««««««««««««««« d. In your opinion, is this a romantic poem? Provide reasons for your answer. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««« Practice 7: Nature by H.D Carberry We have neither Summer nor Winter Neither Autumn nor Spring. We have instead the days When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefieldsMagnificently. The days when the rain beats like bullet on the roofs And there is no sound but thee swish of water in the gullies And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds. Also there are the days when leaves fade from off guango trees¶ And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun. But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom When bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey, When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air, When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone. a. In your words describe the weather as depicted in the poem. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. b. State one moral value that you have learnt from the poem. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««.. c. Note that the poem ends with the line ³and beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone´. Describe how this bears a resemblance in our life. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««

d. In the opening lines of the poem, the poet describes the things that are absent. In your opinion, what is the poet trying to convey? ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««.. ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««. Practice 8: Nature by H.D Carberry We have neither Summer nor Winter Neither Autumn nor Spring. We have instead the days When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefieldsMagnificently. The days when the rain beats like bullet on the roofs And there is no sound but thee swish of water in the gullies And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds. Also there are the days when leaves fade from off guango trees¶ And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun. But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom When bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey, When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air, When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone. a. Why do you think H.D.Carberry wrote the poem? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« b. List three words related to nature. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« c. Which line in the poem µNature¶ suggests the sense of smell? «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« d. Based on your knowledge of the poem µNature¶, describe a theme in the poem. «««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««« ««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««««

ANSWERS. Poem In The Midst Of Hardship Practice 1 a. They were wet b. desperately looking for their son¶s albino buffalo that was never found c. animals killed as they drowned in the flood water. d. Optimistic,- they were making jokes not crying or show signs of despair. Practice 2 a. The whole day and night just passed b. Facing hardship with optimism c. They are in the village as people in the town will not rear buffaloes. d. Despite the hardship, we must remain resilient and strong. Often, the difficult time is not a permanent one. He Had Such Quiet Eyes Practice 3 a. The eyes are compared to deceit. b. Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise. c. Stanza 2 d. The hows and whys is compared to a situation where one gets hurt emotionally and tries to solve the problem. Practice 4 a. dangerous b. To her, those quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice c. Deceit d. We sometimes encounter people who have ill intentions towards us. We should take precaution against them. Are You Still Playing Your Flute? Practice 5 a. a very perceptive and reflective woman. b. my younger brothers unemployed and desperate c. my people disunited by politics my friend slaughtered mercilessly this world is too old and bleeding. d. Perhaps the yield is not rewarding/ the harvest is destroyed due to bad weather. Practice 6

a. the villagers have left/migrated. b. Feeling guilty as she is enjoying the music when the nation is plagued with problems c. This is to stress on the activity as something that should not be done when the nation is facing so much trouble. d. No, it is not a romantic poem. It is poem that shows the irony between a leisure activity and problems faced by the nation at the same time. Nature Practice 7 a. The poem highlights the appealing climate conditions on the island of Jamaica. b. We must appreciate the beauty of nature. c. This is a big resemblance to our life, as it has been our experience that after bad times, good times will follow and sometimes ever so abruptly. d. It is to highlight the pleasant climate on the island. It has no extreme weather conditions. Practice 8 a. He wants to celebrate the richness of the land¶s produce and how alive and plentiful Nature is. b. gold sun, rain, trees. c. The line, ³When the bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey´ d. Appreciating one¶s country-Life in one¶s country has its share of ups and downs but one must always look at the brighter side of life. In this poem, the poet stresses on his country¶s weather being sunny, rainy and windy. The poet states that we must appreciate what we have.

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