poem- are still playing with flute
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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 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
SYNOPSIS The persona is thinking of someone she was close to and who plays the flute. She longs to hear the wonderful soothing music that had touched her heart a long time ago. She wonders if he is still playing his flute in their village that is now empty and quiet. She feels troubled that she should be thinking of him and her past while people around her are suffering and her world is changing.
FIGURATIVE MEANING Stanza 1: In life, we sometimes have to change our way of life due to work or family circumstances. From a lifestyle filled with values and traditions like in the village, we may find ourselves embracing a totally different lifestyle in towns. However, we may sometimes long for our previous life with its unforgettable moments. Stanza 2: We may wonder if the values and traditions we believed in and practised are still observed in our former villagers. Many people have migrated to towns or adopted an urban way of life where such traditions may not be so well-ingrained. In these places, life is fast paced and they do not have the time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life they used to. Stanza 3: These people may think back to their days in the rural areas with guilt. Traditions and the old values may seem trivial compared to their present circumstances. There are economic, political and social problems to be faced. Some of these problems have become personal as they affect people who are close to them.
MORAL VALUES We should learn to appreciate the values and traditions of society and family. They give us balance in life and help us to differentiate between the good and the bad. We face changes in life every day. Learn to accept changes but only if they are for the good of society. If they are beneficial, work around them for the general good. Our family is the most important thing in our life. We should put their interest and safety first before anything else. Show consideration for one's duties within the home and carry out family commitments responsibly. We should know our priorities in life and be aware of them at all times. Don't get so taken in by our interests that we forget our priorities. Passion for interests should should not be at expense of family happiness. There is a time for work and a time for play.
POINT OF VIEW The poem is the first point of view - the persona uses the pronoun 'I' and 'my' The persona is reflecting on her past and feeling uneasy about the present.
LANGUAGE AND STLYE Language - simple and easy to understand Play of words to add interest Style - clear, descriptive and inquiring
TONE, MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE Sombre - talks about her longing for something she cannot have anymore Appreciative and regretful for loss of simple pleasures of life Mood of hopelesness and loss - does not like her present situation
POETIC DEVICES Imagery e.g. blown by the wind, depth of my heart Alliteration e.g. fragrance of flowers' dew drops' Symbol e.g. flute, song Repetition e.g. Are you still playing your flute? Assonance - 'sick rice filed' Figurative Language Metaphor e.g. The melody concealed in the slime hollow of bamboo Personification e.g. sick rice field
Imagery: a) imagery of sight: quiet and deserted': This gives a clear picture of a lonely village with hardly anyone around. - 'slaughtered mercilessly': Many lives were lost in the war. b) imagery of feelings: - 'depth of my heart': The persona feels deeply and wants to hear the song played by the flautist. - 'longing for your song': The persona has a deep desire to hear songs. c) imagery of touch: - 'collecting dew drops' - someone is putting their hands together to collect dew drops to feel the water d) imagery of smell: - 'enjoying the fragrance of flowers': The flowers are emitting fragrant scent. e) imagery of sound: - 'playing your flute' - The music comes from the flute. - 'blown by the wind' - The sound of wind and music