PRACTICE 1

A Fighter’s Lines

 

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

 

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!

Marzuki Ali

 

  1. Who is the persona in the poem?

 

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  1. (a) What does the word ‘history’ in line 4 refer to?

 

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(b) Why does the persona feel helpless?

 

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PRACTICE 2

LEISURE

 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies

 

 

  1. What or who is the poet referring to when he used the word “Beauty”?

 

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  1. Explain in your own words what is meant in the first two lines of the poem.

 

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PRACTICE 3

 

A Fighter’s Lines  (stanzas one and two)

 

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

Marzuki Ali

 

  1. What kind of tone do you sense from the first two stanzas?

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  1. (a) Why does the persona feel helpless?

 

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(b) Describe what the poet means by the last two lines in stanza 2.

 

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PRACTICE 4

LEISURE

 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies

 

 

  1. Identify a line that demonstrates interactions with nature.

 

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  1. (a) Which phrase is repeated all over the poem?

 

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(b) Explain what is indicated by this repetition.

 

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PRACTICE 5

A Fighter’s Lines

 

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

 

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!

Marzuki Ali

 

 

  1. What does the phrase “a wall” refers to?

 

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  1. (a) Who is referred to by the pronoun “you” in the last line?

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(b)What message is the poet trying to spread? Explain

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PRACTICE 6

LEISURE

 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

William Henry Davies

 

  1. What is implied by the word “Leisure” as used in the poem?

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  1. Explain what the poet meant by the last two lines.

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ANSWERS:

PRACTICE 1

  1. A soldier

 

  1. (a)The war fought for independence

(b) He has been injured due to his involvement in the war for independence. Now he is old and disabled and cannot do much to free his country from new challenges. He still cares for the country but unable to fight as he used to do.

 

PRACTICE 2

  1. Nature

 

  1. The poet questions the purpose of a life which is so full of worry that it does not allow us any time to simply stand still and watch the world go by. We should take the time to recognize the world around us and see what’s going on. One day we might have something or someone, and the next their gone.

PRACTICE 3

  1. In the Stanzas 1 and 2, the persona enhances the tone of frustration as he shares his disabilities and weariness of not being able to fight for the country anymore.

 

  1. (a) He is old and disabled

(b) He voices out the problem encountered by the younger generation nowadays. He implies how the modern generation deceives each other and how the deceit is being spread day by day and it obviously bothers him.

 

PRACTICE 4

  1. Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

 

  1. (a) No time

(b) The repetition is an indication of mankind’s dilemma. We merely go on with our fast paced lives as though nature is nothing special, when in reality it is a magnificent creation like a work of art hanging in a museum.

 

PRACTICE 5

  1. ‘United population”. In order to fight for our freedom, first we have to be united.

 

  1. (a) younger generation

(b) We must defend our independence after the hardships that our late warriors had been through as they sacrificed themselves to grant us the peace that we are able to enjoy now. With all of our efforts, we must work hard to retain it.

 

PRACTICE 6

  1. Time spent enjoying simple beauties cherished and regarded as a forgotten pastime.

 

  1. The fever and fret of worldly responsibilities deprives man of sweet moments of leisure and rest. If human life is nothing but painful cares and worries, then it is really poor and miserable. Man should give as much importance to pleasure and peace of mind as to the earning of money to raise his status.
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