Are You Still Playing the Flute

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Paraphrase of a poem Are You Still Playing The Flute

Stanza 1

The persona wonders whether the flautist she was close to is still paying attention to his passion or hobby of playing the flute. She feels neglected and longs for his company. She hears the song, the song that he plays on the flute and which the wind has carried to her heart

Stanza 2

The persona wonders whether the flautist she was close to is still paying attention to his passion or hobby of playing the flute. The village is quiet and deserted and the rice fields are dry and cracked. The persona is in a place where enjoying the falling rain , the setting sun , dew drops or the fragrance of the flowers is a luxury she cannot afford to have

Stanza 3

The persona wonders whether the flautist she was close to is still paying attention to his passion or hobby of playing the flute. She feels guilty to be thinking of him. He does not seem to have an inkling of what is happening to his family, relatives and friends who have lost their work or have been sacrificed in the country`s political upheaval. The world to be changing for the worse.

1) Where is the man playing his flute?

In the village

2) What reason can be given for the condition of the rice fields?

Because of the dry seasons

3) Why do you think the village is so quiet and deserted

Because many villagers have left the village going to city

4) What activities can people living in the villages enjoy?

5) Why do you think the persona says that while here it has become luxury?Explain what she is trying to say?