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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Are You Still Playing Your Flute?

What are your exact thoughts after reading Zurinah Hassan's poem," Are you still playing your Flute"? Is the persona reminiscing bygone times when there was a lover in a village who filled her heart with music and joy? Is she thinking that even as time passes by, that things have yet to change in the village that could be a disjunct and not in synchronization in time and pace with the rest of the country as it moves forward?

On another level, is it a juxtaposition of an art form onto the cruel realities of a nation in uncertainty of its future? Is it a message being masqueraded as a poem by the poet to reflect his political leanings upon a young nation trying to find its ethos amidst its many layered problems,dimensions and challenges? 



All three stanzas started with the same query which is reminiscent of "Isle of Innisfree." It reflects a constant concern-a possible regretful fixation of sorts.

We can also feel the mood of the three stanzas as if the poet is trying to convey to us that she has left the village and have matured out of the innocence of the rural psyche as "The Songs of Experience " of William Blake and she has moved on to something higher while the lover still lives within the blissfulness of the "Songs of Innocence"-footloose and fancy free; living in his own world, happy and undisturbed as he played the evergreen tunes of his flute.

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Collection of SPM English Language Question Papers

2005
Terengganu Trial [Paper 1]

2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2],
Trial
MRSM Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], SBP Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kelantan Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kedah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Johor Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Perlis Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sabah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sarawak Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Melaka Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
Melaka Trial , Johor Trial , Sabah Trial , Kedah Trial , Perlis Trial , Times , SBP , Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

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