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ARE YOU STILL PLAYING YOUR FLUTE - ZURINAH HASSAN

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 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 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 The meaning Stanza 1 The persona wonders whether her partner is still paying attention to his passion or hobby that is playing the flute. She feels neglected by him. She longs to hear his song, the song that he plays on the flute and which the wind is blowing to her heart. Stanza 2 The persona wonders whether her partner is still paying attention to his passion or hobby that is, playing the flute. The village is quiet and deserted and the rice fields are dry and cracked. It is difficult to find time to watch the falling rain, watch the setting sun, collect dew drops or enjoy smelling the flowers Stanza 3 The persona wonders whether her partner is still paying attention to his passion or hobby that is playing the flute. She feels guilty about imposing on him or even thinking about him He does not seem to be aware of what is happening to his family, relatives and friends. o His brothers-in-law have lost their jobs, the people are divided by politics, her friend has been killed and the whole world seems to be torn by troubles The theme Care for ones life partner Family commitments Priorities in life

Passionate about ones interest Neglect of ones duties Moral Values Be responsible Be aware of what is happening around you Have a sense of balance in your life There is time for work and a time for play We must know what is important and what is not

Are You Still Playing Your Flute.... - as explained by the poet Zurinah
MASIHKAH KAU BERMAIN SERULING/Are you still playing your flute Sajak ini menggunakan gaya percakapan penyair dengan seseorang. Orang yang dimaksudkan di sini ialah seorang yang pandai bermain seruling. Sekali pandang ia seperti sajak percintaan kerana banyak menggunakan perkataan yang lembut dan romantis. Are you still playing your flute Are you still playing your flute when there is no time for our love I am feeling guilty to be longing for your song Tetapi percakapan yang lembut dan romantis dengan pemain seruling itu hanyalah satu cara atau gaya penyair meluahkan segala yang mengganggu fikirannya. Sajak ini bertemakan kemasyarakatan . Keseluruhannya merupakan luahan rasa penyair tentang keadaan masyarakat di negaranya dan antara bangsa yang penuh kemelut dan kacau bilau. Penyair mengenang sang pemain seruling. Sebenarnya yang dikenang oleh penyair ialah kampong yang sedang tenat. Are you still playing your flute in the village so quiet and deserted amidst the sick rice field Dia menceritakan tentang keadaan dirinya yang berada di kotakota yang sakit sedangkan kampong sudah sunyi kerana ditinggalkan oleh anak-anak muda. Apakah pemain seruling itu masih ada di kampong bermain serulingnya? . Ini juga bermaksud adakah sang pemain seruling masih mempertahankan seni dan tradisinya. Alat musik seruling dipilih kerana inilah alat muzik yang paling dekat dengan alam. Cuma sebatang buluh dan tidak memerlukan teknologi canggih untuk menciptanya. Jadi semuanya balik kpd alam. Balik kepada keaslian. the melody concealed in the slim hollow of the bamboo uncovered by the breath of an artist composed by his lips arranged by his fingers blown by the wind to the depth of my heart Penyair merasa bersalah untuk melayan rasa rindu kepada pemain seruling itu. Begitulah rasa bersalahnya dia memikirkan sesuatu yang indah seperti seni . Di kota dia sepatutnya sibuk kerana di situ kehidupan berlalu dengan pantas. while here it has become a luxury to spend time watching the rain gazing at the evening rays collecting dew drops or sniffing scented flowers. Seolah-olah dia memberikan masanya kepada perkara-perkara yang remeh sedangkan kehidupan sedang dilanda oleh masalah yang sangat besar. Masalah-masalah ini dipaparkan

dalam bait seterusnya. Pada masa itu ramai yang menganggur. Orang-orang kita berpecah belah kerana politik . Dan di merata dunia spt Bosnia dan Palestin, orang Islam sedang diburu oleh bom-bom ganas. in the hazard of this city my younger brothers unemployed and desperate my people thorn by politic my Muslim friends slaughtered mercilessly this world is old and badly injured. Is this the end of our love? time is forcing us as artists not to be ourselves. Ini bukan masa untuk memberi perhatian kepada seni. Ini adalah masa untuk bekerja keras. Apabila seniman tidak dapat melayani kecintaannya kepada seni maka itu seperti mereka dituntut untuk tidak menjadi seniman lagi

SYNOPSIS

This poem his about a persona who reminisces the time he/she spends when in a village. There are many things that are now luxury to her such as listening to the melody of the flute itself, gazing at the evening rays, collecting dew drops, or enjoying the fragrance of flowers. The village is now unpopulated as many have moved to the city. Now that she has moved on with her life, she wonders whether the flutist is still playing the flute. This is because, there are many challenges in the world today such as the world is dying, the unemployment issue and the people are disunited because of different political views. THEMES

Family commitments Priorities in life Neglect of ones duties

MORAL VALUES

We should be aware of our family commitments and carry them out properly. Everyone has priorities in, life and we should know what is important and what is not. Following a hobby is good but there is a time for work and a time for play.

POINT OF VIEW

The poem is the first point of view. The person is addressing another person and describing a situation to him.

LANGUAGE AND STLYE


Rhetorical question Descriptive and questioning Simple style and no rhyme

TONE, MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE


Sombre and regretful Serious atmosphere

POETIC DEVICES

Imagery e.g. blown by the wind, depth of my heart Alliteration e.g. fragrance of flowers Symbol e.g. flute, song Repetition e.g. Are you still playing your flute? Figurative Language Metaphor e.g. The melody concealed in the slime hollow of bamboo Personification e.g. sick rice field