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A FIGHTERS LINES

Marzuki Ali

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A Fighters Lines Marzuki Ali


I am old and worn and have lost all my strength sufferings and the history of the fight for independence have forced sacrifices that know no name or life from the wheelchair of the rest of my days I, body and energy crushed see and cannot do much these times are too big a challenge for the remnants of my crippled years the net of deceit spread everywhere disturbs me

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

A Fighters Lines Marzuki Ali


In the name of justice Wake up and form ranks sons of our ancestor Be brave And erect a wall of people Stand up heirs of our freedom

I have no more voice It is you now who should speak!

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Author
Marzuki Ali
He was born in 1945 in Terengganu, Malaysia. He was brought up in Kemaman and later Sabah. He has been writing poems since 1960s. His poems mostly deal with issues regarding his hometown, environment and patriotism. A lot of his poems have been published in the Utusan Malaysia, Berita Minggu, Dewan Sastera dan Dewan Budaya. He has also published a few anthologies which include Desir Angin Pantai Timur (1984), Lia (1988), Mantera (1991), Bangau Payang Kolek Sekoci (1993), Puisi Duyung Puisi Rakyat (1999), Jentan Satwa Luka (2000), Rimba Hujan Tropika (2008), Bungkau and Sape Lamanta (2009) He is also active in theatre direction in Malaysia and Indonesia. He has set up a theatre group in Terengganu called Grup Teater Asyik. Among the plays he has directed are Naskhah Sophocles (1991) and Bangsawan Makbeh (1998)
(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Synopsis

The persona in this poem is an old soldier. He is tired as he is old and weak. He and his people suffered in the past in their fight for freedom of their country and they made many sacrifices. People lost their lives and some remain nameless or unknown.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Synopsis

The persona who believes that he will be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life says he can only watch the happenings around him. Physically, he is helpless and he has no energy left. He was either seriously injured when he was a soldier or is very ill. He finds that times have changed and being a crippled man, it is too challenging for him to fight the injustice he sees around him. He is troubled by the many lies being told everywhere.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Synopsis

Being highly-spirited, he calls on the younger generation to wake up and fight on. They have to realise that they have to form lines or ranks irrespective of racial, religious and social differences to fight courageously for justice. He wants the young people who inherited the countrys freedom to be united to fight the injustice and denounce lies which may threaten. The persona feels helpless that he is not heard. He urges the younger generation to fight or speak up for what is right because it is now their turn to do so.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Setting

The poem is set after independence. The persona feels that the independence he has struggled for is now threatened by subversive elements.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Tone and mood

In the first stanza, the tone indicates that the persona is sad and weary because he is old and weak. The persona is also melancholic, reflecting on his past sacrifices he made for the countrys independence.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Tone and mood

In the second stanza, the persona voices his helplessness, anger and contempt because his country is facing threats. In the third stanza, the tone used is serious and demanding. The persona urges the present generation to form a united front to uphold the freedom that he and many others has fought for.
(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Tone and mood

In the end the persona insists that the younger generation continues to fight against injustice because he no longer can do so.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Themes
Patriotism. Being courages. Unity.

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

Whats next?
In your group, discuss and present the best way to present a stanza/stanzas of the poem. Convey the tone and mood of course !

(Source: BPK.MOE. [module] Form 3 Poem, A Fighters Lines)

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