6. Work Groups for Poem Analysis


Semester VI (A)

Group 1:

  1. Yuliana Nining Rahayu
  2. Welliana Febrianti Tiba
  3. Maria Berta D.M.
  4. Nanda Dwi Kurnia
  5. Riris Nainggolan

Presentation Date: May 25, 2011

The Poem:

Full Moon in the Midwest

A perfect moon

Sheds rosy light

An aureole around it

An underline of clouds

The Mississippi

Wide and muddy

Sounds of solence

Roll like thunder

Fields of corn

Sensual swamps

Insects buzzing

Do you hear the sound?

In the autum air

Hills lie mute

Smoke transforms

To grayish blue

On the lake beyond

A thousand ducks

The hillside pines

Even the wind is wet

Taufiq Ismail (Translated by: John H. McGlynn)

Group 2:

  1. Riska Debora Gultom
  2. Mega Sari
  3. Gracia O.M.
  4. Debora M.
  5. Netty Irmaria

Presentation Date: June 1, 2011

The Poem:

Girl in the Mirror

I look in the mirror
And what do I see?
A sad girl
Staring back at me
She can’t even look herself in the eyes
Tears well up
And then she cries
The girl in the mirror
Isn’t me
At least not what I used to be
The smile she wore
Wanted to disappear
And now she’s left
With anger and fear.

(Emily L. Blondie Heeks)

Group 3:

  1. Rani Sevtalia
  2. Naomi Margaretha T.
  3. Sekar Ayu
  4. Krisdiana S.
  5. Neeta Yuliana

Presentation Date: June 8, 2011

The Poem:

I, Too, Sing America

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed–

I, too, am America.

(Langston Hughes)

Group 4:

  1. Nilam Mantika
  2. Christine Natalia
  3. Novelina Susanti
  4. Christine Valentina S.

Presentation Date: June 15, 2011

The Poem:

Pedagogic

I walked towards the falling woods

to teach thee trees all that I could

of time and birth, the language of men,

the virtues of hate and loving.

They stood with their fingers flaming,

listened to me with serious mien;

I knew the footnotes, all the text,

my words were precise and correct—

I was sure they were learning—

till one tree spoke, speaking in dolor,

to ask why I never changed color.

 (Robert Herrick)

Group 5:

  1. Tommy Sangapan
  2. Dian Maya M.
  3. Pretty Idola  S.
  4. Lizninda

Presentation Date: June 22, 2011

The Poem:

Dear Mommy

Everyday I watch over you

From heaven high above

As you go about your business

Without giving me a thought

I have always dreamed

Of being your special little girl

I wanted hugs and kisses

For those I’d give the world

I have always wondered, Mommy

Why you let me die

Or maybe it was Daddy

Who sent me to heaven in the sky

Well now I sit all day long

On Mother Mary’s knee

She tells me not to worry

‘Cause she’ll take good care of me

Mommy please don’t worry

And Mommy please don’t cry

I’ll be with all the other babies

Who were sent too heaven in the sky


Semester VI (B)

Group 1:

  1. Prewica
  2. Romaita
  3. Christina Pita Sari
  4. Deni Jansen

Presentation Date: May 31, 2011

The Poem:

Life Is Fine

I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn’t,
So I jumped in and sank.

I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn’t a-been so cold
I might’ve sunk and died.

But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.

I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn’t a-been so high
I might’ve jumped and died.

But it was High up there! It was high!

So since I’m still here livin’,
I guess I will live on.
I could’ve died for love–
But for livin’ I was born

Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry–
I’ll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.

Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!

 (by Langston Hughes)

Group 2:

  1. Linda Y.
  2. Yuliana
  3. Ian Fraskah

Presentation Date: June 7, 2011

The Poem:

Successful Failure

I wonder if successful men
Are always happy?
And do they sing with gusto when
Springtime is sappy?
Although I am of snow-white hair
And nighly mortal,
Each time I sniff the April air
I chortle.

I wonder if a millionaire
Jigs with enjoyment,
Having such heaps of time to spare
For daft employment.
For as I dance the Highland Fling
My glee is muckle,
And doping out new songs to sing
I chuckle.

I wonder why so soon forgot
Are fame and riches;
Let cottage comfort be my lot
With well-worn britches.
As in a pub a poor unknown,
Brown ale quaffing,
To think of all I’ll never own,–
I’m laughing.

(by Robert William Service)

Group 3:

  1. Yesi Kartika Sari
  2. Alena
  3. Sri Darma

Presentation Date: June 14, 2011

The Poem:

Courage

It is in the small things we see it.

The child’s first step,

as awesome as an earthquake.

The first time you rode a bike,

wallowing up the sidewalk.

The first spanking when your heart

went on a journey all alone.

When they called you crybaby

or poor or fatty or crazy

and made you into an alien,

you drank their acid

and concealed it.

Later,

if you faced the death of bombs and bullets

you did not do it with a banner,

you did it with only a hat to

comver your heart.

You did not fondle the weakness inside you

though it was there.

Your courage was a small coal

that you kept swallowing.

If your buddy saved you

and died himself in so doing,

then his courage was not courage,

it was love; love as simple as shaving soap.

Later,

if you have endured a great despair,

then you did it alone,

getting a transfusion from the fire,

picking the scabs off your heart,

then wringing it out like a sock.

Next, my kinsman, you powdered your sorrow,

you gave it a back rub

and then you covered it with a blanket

and after it had slept a while

it woke to the wings of the roses

and was transformed.

Later,

when you face old age and its natural conclusion

your courage will still be shown in the little ways,

each spring will be a sword you’ll sharpen,

those you love will live in a fever of love,

and you’ll bargain with the calendar

and at the last moment

when death opens the back door

you’ll put on your carpet slippers

and stride out.

(Anne Sexton)


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11 thoughts on “6. Work Groups for Poem Analysis”

  1. meirina putri malau said:

    Group 5
    Nova Novita Sihombing (091215001)
    Meirina Putri Malau (0912150041)
    Margaretha (0912150016)
    Juliana Christine (0912150035)

    I. Type of poet
    “Don’t go far off, not even for a day” by Pablo Neruda is a lyric poem. As the characteristic of lyric poems, this poetry expresses the feelings and emotions of the poet.

    II. Meaning
    General Meaning:
    This poem is about the man who loves a woman very much. Because his love is so deep, he is afraid of losing her. He also hopes that she could come back and stay with him.

    Detailed meaning:
    This poem describes about waiting for his lover like waiting for a train in a station that has closed for the night. The station in the middle of the night, having missed the last train, in a strange place, with no other means of transport, and no place to stay, it imagines the deepest loneliness and powerlessness. There are also another imperative, “Don’t leave me”. This time, “not even for a day” has decreased to “not even for an hour”, a transition the speaker’s growing intensity. He describes his “anguish” as having liquid form – “little drops” that will “all run together”. The poet image on the border between the concrete and the abstract, enchant the reader’s imagination as part of the poetic process. In the line following, the speaker says that his lover’s departure will cause “the smoke that roams looking for a home” to “choke” his “lost heart”. The smoke is symbolic of pain, an imagined physical response of the emotional. The lover’s departure will mean physical pain for him, conveyed through the verb, “choking”. The speaker’s emotion reaches a climax, as he urges his lover not to leave; not even “for a second”. If she departs, he will be thrown into total confusion, wandering around the earth, seeking her return, “mazily” – as though lost in a maze. The speaker concludes with a simple and powerful question, “Will you leave me here, dying?” Here, he makes a direct reference to what he has implied previously, appealing to his lover’s compassion–the loss of her will mean his death.
    Intention
    The poet wants to tell the reader that we do not have to expect to much about someone’s love.
    III. Connotation
    Pablo is one of greatests poet. It is proved on this poem that he made. “Dont Go Far Off, Not Even for a Day” is a poem which is very rich in connotative meaning. Most of words in this poem are connotation. The choosing of connotation in order to take the reader to feel the same feeling like the poet felt. He also tried to figure out his feeling with anything that can be seen so the readers can take their imagination and relate the word into the feeling that the poet want to share with them.
    The first connotation can be seen on the third line in the first stanza “I’ll be waiting for you, as in an empty station”. The word “empty station” does not refer to the real station which contains nothing,but it refers to the poet’s feeling of loneliness. He wants the reader could imagine the situation of the empty station and relate it with his feeling. “When the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep” the word train is a way to describe the woman he loves who had left to another person (parked off) although she does not have feeling with “him” (asleep).
    He also chose the word smoke to make it similar with memory between he and the woman. As we know, smoke is can not be seen clearly, but we can feel it (smell). The memory is unpredictably remembered and come to his mind, like a smoke which alwyas find any holes (empty room) to be fullfilled (The smoke that roams looking for a home will drift into me). The smoke, the memory itself, not only come to his mind but also “chocking my (his) lost heart” causing him feel so sad and worst, like a condition when someone can not breath. Althogh he fells so worst, he hopes that he could keep her. He does not want anyting -all about her- will be swept away like a silhouette which dissolve on the beach. (Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach).
    Furthermore, he emphasizes his feeling of his sadness when he is losing her in the two latest lines. He could do anything and going anywhere but he does not know the purpose of doing those things. We can imagine that that situation describes how deep he falls into the sadness. He has no spirit to survive that is why he states in the last word “dying”. In denotation meaning dying is the situation when someone is on the point of death. Everyone should be died someday, but in this poem, he lost his spirit to survive in life and may be could be died beacuse of his sadness. He want to show how important her in his life and what could happend with his life without her by his side.

    IV. Imagery
    There are eight imageries are appeared in this poem, they are :

    1. In an empty station is mean as an empty heart, who wait for someone, someone who is awaited. Visible imagery of the words “an empty station” is something where the train stops. Imagery which appears in the form of visualization.

    2. Imagery that arises on the word “the trains are parked off” is the visualization or imagery that can be seen. Trains are parked in these poems is like as a person who is desired much by the poet. But the train or the person was found stop over somewhere else, do not know where.

    3. “The little drops of anguish” describes a feeling that is very, very sad, feeling a deep sadness. This is kind of kinesthetic imagery.

    4. “Looking for a home will drift” here means that is looking for a stopover, where the person is looking for any holes to be able to find others as he wants. This imagery is kinesthetic.

    5. “Silhouette never dissolve on the beach ” means that the memories or the shadows of people are waiting for is never lost in memory, always came and highest. The imagery of this word is visual.

    6. “Flutter into the empty distance” means that the person had tried to see another person, or try to turn towards the others,but such other person who appears blank or empty, not like someone who wants him. The imagery is visual.

    7. “Wander mazily over all the earth ” element of the kinesthetic imagery. The purpose of the sentence is that the person is looking for a someone that wherever he hoped, he hopes of finding a someone that he wants it. Feelings or desire is to look for people who he hoped.

    8. “Dying” the imagery of this word is kinesthetic. Dying in here means two things,that is his feeling are dead, and himself could also die.

    V. Figurative

    In a poem there is a figure of speech which ultimately makes the poem become more beautiful and as if the reader when reading the poem the poet’s drift in the atmosphere. Sometimes when reading a figure of speech is never linked with real meaning, because when we digesting the meaning directly without filtering out the real meaning in the figure of speech meaning it would be weird and the statement seemed absurd, but after examining it imaginatively you got the message? This is typical of figurative language which is often found in literary works, especially in poetry. So this figure of speech often we find in a poem to make the reader get the meaning of the poem in a figure of speech itself. There are various kinds of figurative such as simile, metaphor, allusion, metonymy, synecdoche, allegory, symbol, personification, overstatement (hyperbole), understatement, paradox (oxymoron), and irony. Have individual characteristics and has the each purpose.
    In a poem titled “Don’t Go Far Off, Not Even For A Day” Pablo Neruda using some figurative. The first figurative which caused is hyperbola in this figurative the poet declares a statement or feelings expressed overly and how does one really expect his lover faithfully waiting for her it is expressed on the first stanza, the second row is said “a day is long” the sentence is stating how much he was looking forward to his lover, we know that the day was only 24 hours, but the poet states that it is very long day as if he was waiting for his lover for months or many years. Then the second of hyperbola is when the poet said “don’t leave me even for an hour” (the second stanza line one) and, “don’t leave me for a second” (the third stanza line three) as explained before that an hour or a second is not long as logically it is excessive even very excessive but the poet re-expression which an hour and a second for him, when with her lover is the precious time even only an hour even for a second. Then the next sentence hyperbola is when the poet said “I’ll wander mazily over all the earth” it is on the last stanza line two the poet express that he will wander mazily over all the earth to find her lover. Logically it is a declaration that someone very not possible because we know it is a silly thing a person does only to find her lover to the extent over the world. Because the man was so in love with his lover he was willing to find his lover until the whole world. So the expression is also an the expression a highly over
    The poet also uses simile in his poetry. A simile is a comparison of two things of different categories. It is usually introduced by like, as, as…so, than, similar to, or resembles. We can see in stanza we can see in stanza three lines 2 s said “I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station” in that the sentence the poet using the word “as” as the comparison and wants to compare his waiting like in an empty station. The figure of speech described how he was waiting for a lover in his solitude.
    Moreover the poet uses personification in his poetry. We can see in a sentence “The trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep” (see on stanza one lines four) as our logically it’s impossible that trains are asleep, because we know that the trains are inanimate objects, but the poet describes the trains in his poetry, as if they were alive. Then in stanza two lines 3-4 the poet said “the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift into me, choking my lost heart” the poets describes how the smoke as if they were live, where they can choking his lost heart. Logically smoke is smoke, a visible suspension of carbon or other particles in air and does not have hands to choking someone.

  2. Group 3:
    Group 3
    1. Rani Sevtalia. (0812150019)
    2. Naomi Margareta. (0812150020)
    3. Sekar Ayu.( 0812150023)
    4. Krisdiana S. (0812150025)
    5. Neeta Yuliana. (0812150027)

    This poem is tell about an anti-discrimination poem\’ talking about the injustice of the white to the black. it is well-known that, in America, the white are always prejudiced against the black because of their color. this unfair treatment makes the black feel that they do not belong to this country; they are only servants or slaves. But, in this poem, the poet feels as if he is in a great competition with the white as he insists on proving to them that he is an American person.

    Detailed meaning from that poem is the writer describe someone from America the black American, also known as Negroid. The black skin in America always get discriminated from the white American. The writer feel the black community in America. He call he is American too whenever the white American disrespect to him.
    For example the line
    Tomorrow,
    I’ll be at the table
    When company comes.
    Nobody’ll dare
    Say to me,
    “Eat in the kitchen,”
    Then.
    His cheer up his self but the real is his body in the same place with the white American but his self not in there.

    In the first line, “I am the darker brother,” the person is comparing himself to a family member. Lines 3-4: These lines aren’t so much symbolic as they are a literal historical truth. It’s a powerful image of men being treated a lot like animals, and being banished from polite company when said company comes over to eat. (We might also note here that “eating in the kitchen”. Back then, you always ate in the dining room. Eating in the kitchen was just for slaves and animals. Lines 9-10: Now we’ve reversed the imagery in the first part of the poem. The speaker is no longer in the kitchen, now he’s “at the table.” This means that he’s moved into the dining room, and is a symbol for racial equality.

    This poem have two subject manner. The first line of the poem, “I, too, sing America,” clearly signifies one thing: a black man’s personal experience with racial discrimination. He is treated as if he is an embarrassment to the white people, and made to feel inferior to them. Just because his skin color is different from whites, he argues that he also sings the National Anthem/Star Spangle Banner the same as whites do. More important, the voice of the poem, the servant, argues that he too is American. Company comes : people skin whites , whites faring on the better side of the spectrum.

    Theme of this poem is A Dream of someone who is not appreciated, and the message of the poem is obvious: Blacks people should have the same freedom as whites, and take a stand when need be. Hughes expresses his feelings by saying that blacks have equal rights too, like every white person in the world. More important, the title – “I, Too” – has major importance because it implicates that multiple races make up the face of America and not only whites. The last line, “I, too, am America,” is a perfect closure to an excellent poem.

    Connotation Meaning
    I am the darker brother means that he is one of people who has dark skin, usually dark-skinned people are not appreciated by white people.
    They send me to eat in the kitchen : Send -> we can see that in this situation the boy is like servant. Eat in the kitchen ->> Kitchen is related with a place to make food, usually the condition in kitchen are dirty, untidy, smell.
    When company comes: Company -> refer to the important people who have power, higher education and rich.
    But I laugh: Laugh -> He has to show his respect
    And grow strong: Grow strong ->He worked and grew up in this place
    I’ll be at the table: He enthusiastic achieve his dream that he want to be important people like what he saw.
    They’ll see how beautiful I am: He wants to show his self, and his skill/ability and be ashamed–
    I, too, am America: although he is black people and have different backgrounds, he still admits that he is the American people.

    The poems structure is irregular. The poem begins and ends with single lines. In between there are 3 stanzas, all of which have different number of lines-6, 7 and 3. The purpose for the irregular structure is to create an effect of unequalness, symbolizing the discrimination he is receiving.

    The tone changes throughout the poem. In the first line, the tone is patriotic. The line, “I, too, sing America,” indicates the national anthem, and symbolizes unity throughout the nation. In the next stanza, the tone is of anger and strength. The man is enraged at how he is treated, but he knows he is strong enough to fight back. This is shown in the line, “But I laugh,/ and eat well,/ And grow strong.” The following stanza’s tone is of warning and caution . Then in the next stanza, the tone changes once again. The man is much calmer and speaks proudly that one day they’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed. In the last line, the tone is once again patriotic.

  3. 0812150018 said:

    Group 2 (BS A):

    Netty Irmaria S
    Riska Debora Gultom,
    Mega Sari
    Gracia O.M.
    Debora M.

    Sorry sir, we are late in collecting our literature revision task. And this is our revision :
    POEM OF ANALYSIS “Girl in the Mirror”

    The Girl in The Mirror poem is a descriptive poem in which the author tells about the sadness of a girl in her life. The detailed meaning of this poem is taking about the self reflection. The author uses the mirror and uses the girl as a way to describe the self reflection. The author describes a girl who can not look herself. The girl stand in front of the mirror, and she finds a sad girl staring back to herself. The tears well-up and she is cries. She is now sad and crying. She feels that is not herself. She is at present is different from she was in the past who always smiled. She is now sad and crying. She lives with anger and fear.
    There are two connotation in this poem, like “mirror” means the shadow of the past life, and “smile” means a happiness in the past. This poem uses the paradox as the figurative language. The reason to choose the paradox, because the author uses the thing like mirror. In the truth meaning, mirror is looking-glass or speculum. But in this poem, the author use to mirror to express the girl’s life. The mirror became a way for the girl to see her life, where she lives with the sadness and full of tears. So, the meaning of this mirror in this poem is not the same like the truth meaning. The mirror in this poem as a self-reflection or a way to see our self.
    The subject matter in this poem is a reflecting to check our self (seeing inward). Because we must introspection our self, if we want to be a good person and life with the happiness. This poem uses the free verse for the stanza.
    Theme in this poem is to make us to know who is our self ( as a self-reflection). In our life, we need to introspection ourselves.
    The imagery this poem is “mirror” describe the feeling of the girl. Where there is a girl who lives with the sadness and full of tears.
    Intention of this poem is that we do not afraid with our life. When we have a problem, we must believe that God always beside us. There are many problem in our life, but we must make the problem become a happiness with our strong and our spirit. Do not give up to the problem or situation, but make the problem become the our self-reflection to be a good person. Our life will be happy and full of smile if we have a spirit and believe with God.

  4. Welliana Iba said:

    Sir, this is the revision of group I:

    Group I BS-A:
    1. Yuliana N. Rahayu
    2. Welliana F. Iba
    3. Maria Berta D. Namang
    4. Nanda D. Kurina
    5. Riris Nainggolan
    The Poem:
    Full Moon in the Midwest

    A perfect moon
    Sheds rosy light
    An aureole around it
    An underline of clouds
    The Mississippi
    Wide and muddy
    Sounds of solence
    Roll like thunder
    Fields of corn
    Sensual swamps
    Insects buzzing
    Do you hear the sound?
    In the autum air
    Hills lie mute
    Smoke transforms
    To grayish blue
    On the lake beyond
    A thousand ducks
    The hillside pines
    Even the wind is wet
    Taufiq Ismail (Translated by: John H. McGlynn)
    Analysis of the Poem

    This descriptive poem was written by an Indonesian poet Taufiq Ismail which then was translated by John H. McGlynn. It describes about the beautiful nature in the Midwest, America when the full moon time and lonely situation. The beauty is seemed from foreign eyes, an Indonesian. He actually feels and sees something that he has never seen and felt in Indonesia. In the full moon time, the scenery in the midwest looks beautiful under the rosy light. Wherever the eyes can see, it seem really beautiful because the moon light shine with a little red. The blue sky is covered by grey clouds and the sounds of the crickets are heard in the silence of the night. He also describes the Mississipi which wide and muddy, but because of the moon light it seem beautiful. He mentions the carpet of corps, marsh, hill, lake, smoke, and the hill side that is covered by the pine trees. All those things looks beautiful under the rosy moon light.
    The detailed meaning of this poem, the poet wants to tell about the beauty of world in the night when a full moon appears in the Midwest “a perfect moon” “an aureole around it” “an underline of clouds”. In this situation, the poet can feel every action of things, that is alive in line “insects buzzing”, “a thousand ducks” and that is not alive like “smoke transforms”, “ to grayish blue”. Poet also makes the poem in personification in the line “sounds of solence”, “sensual swamps”, “hills lie mute”. The poet invites the reader to feel also like what he is feeling. But in this situation the poet also expresses his feeling of loneliness in line “sounds of solence” within the beautiful of world. Even he thinks everythings in the nature or world also show their lonelinesses, such as in line “hills lie mute”.
    The intention of this poem is giving the message that God creates the beautiful nature in the world, so we should keep our earth in save and stay always beautiful. It contains the implied message that the nature should not be disturbed. However, sometimes the beautiful nature in the world can describe our feeling such as happiness and loneliness.
    The subject matter in this poem is whole things in the world from sky (moon, thunder, aureole, clouds) until the land (animals, lake, fields, plants) even invisible things (weather and wind), but the moon light was the source of beautiful that night. and the poem is made in free stanza with the random rhyme when it had translated in English, but this poem actually in Indonesian language has a form like a pantun with the original title “Pantun Terang Bulan” and it has five stanzas with the rhyme ab ab. This is supported by explanation in http://www.scribd.com which there is also an explanation by Mr. Parlindungan Pardede.
    Theme of this poem is ” Silence in Beautiful ”, means that the nature is beautiful but for the writer it is so silence. Theme of this poem use paradoks figurative language in line ‘Sounds of solence’ that image the rumble in the nature but the poet is undisturbed. He thinks the sounds are the natural sounds. The poet described the imagery of this poem ‘Sheds rosy light’, ‘An aureole around it’, ‘An underline of clouds’, ‘The Mississippi’, ‘Wide and muddy’ to bring the readers feel beauty of nature. The poet uses personification to make the nonhuman things act like a human so the reader can feel, see, or hear the sound as if the nature can communicate with human, such as ‘Hills lie mute’, ‘Insects buzzing’.

    Pantun Terang Bulan di Midwest (by Taufiq Ismail)

    Sebuah bulan sempurna
    Bersinar agak merah
    Lingkarannya di sana
    Awan menggaris bawah

    Sungai Mississipi
    Lebar dan keruh
    Bunyi-bunyi sepi
    Awan gemuruh

    Ladang-ladang jagung
    Rawa-rawa dukana
    Serangga mendengung
    Sampaikah suara

    Cuaca musim gugur
    Bukit membisu
    Asap yang hancur
    Biru abu-abu

    Danau yang di sana
    Seribu burung belibis
    Lereng pohon pina
    Angin pun gerimis

    Thank you!

  5. Welliana Iba said:

    Sir, this is the revision of group I:

    Group I BS-A:
    1. Yuliana N. Rahayu
    2. Welliana F. Iba
    3. Maria Berta D. Namang
    4. Nanda D. Kurina
    5. Riris Nainggolan
    The Poem:
    Full Moon in the Midwest
    A perfect moon
    Sheds rosy light
    An aureole around it
    An underline of clouds
    The Mississippi
    Wide and muddy
    Sounds of solence
    Roll like thunder
    Fields of corn
    Sensual swamps
    Insects buzzing
    Do you hear the sound?
    In the autum air
    Hills lie mute
    Smoke transforms
    To grayish blue
    On the lake beyond
    A thousand ducks
    The hillside pines
    Even the wind is wet
    Taufiq Ismail (Translated by: John H. McGlynn)
    Analysis of the Poem

    This descriptive poem was written by an Indonesian poet Taufiq Ismail which then was translated by John H. McGlynn. It describes about the beautiful nature in the Midwest, America when the full moon time and lonely situation. The beauty is seemed from foreign eyes, an Indonesian. He actually feels and sees something that he has never seen and felt in Indonesia. In the full moon time, the scenery in the midwest looks beautiful under the rosy light. Wherever the eyes can see, it seem really beautiful because the moon light shine with a little red. The blue sky is covered by grey clouds and the sounds of the crickets are heard in the silence of the night. He also describes the Mississipi which wide and muddy, but because of the moon light it seem beautiful. He mentions the carpet of corps, marsh, hill, lake, smoke, and the hill side that is covered by the pine trees. All those things looks beautiful under the rosy moon light.
    The detailed meaning of this poem, the poet wants to tell about the beauty of world in the night when a full moon appears in the Midwest “a perfect moon” “an aureole around it” “an underline of clouds”. In this situation, the poet can feel every action of things, that is alive in line “insects buzzing”, “a thousand ducks” and that is not alive like “smoke transforms”, “ to grayish blue”. Poet also makes the poem in personification in the line “sounds of solence”, “sensual swamps”, “hills lie mute”. The poet invites the reader to feel also like what he is feeling. But in this situation the poet also expresses his feeling of loneliness in line “sounds of solence” within the beautiful of world. Even he thinks everythings in the nature or world also show their lonelinesses, such as in line “hills lie mute”.
    The intention of this poem is giving the message that God creates the beautiful nature in the world, so we should keep our earth in save and stay always beautiful. It contains the implied message that the nature should not be disturbed. However, sometimes the beautiful nature in the world can describe our feeling such as happiness and loneliness.
    The subject matter in this poem is whole things in the world from sky (moon, thunder, aureole, clouds) until the land (animals, lake, fields, plants) even invisible things (weather and wind), but the moon light was the source of beautiful that night. and the poem is made in free stanza with the random rhyme when it had translated in English, but this poem actually in Indonesian language has a form like a pantun with the original title “Pantun Terang Bulan” and it has five stanzas with the rhyme ab ab. This is supported by explanation in http://www.scribd.com which there is also an explanation by Mr. Parlindungan Pardede.
    Theme of this poem is ” Silence in Beautiful ”, means that the nature is beautiful but for the writer it is so silence. Theme of this poem use paradoks figurative language in line ‘Sounds of solence’ that image the rumble in the nature but the poet is undisturbed. He thinks the sounds are the natural sounds and he enjoys them. The poet described the imagery of this poem ‘Sheds rosy light’, ‘An aureole around it’, ‘An underline of clouds’, ‘The Mississippi’, ‘Wide and muddy’ to bring the readers feel beauty of nature. The poet uses personification to make the nonhuman things act like a human so the reader can feel, see, or hear the sound as if the nature can communicate with human, such as ‘Hills lie mute’, ‘Insects buzzing’.

  6. Rudolf Octavianus Sihombing said:

    Sir, firstly, I am sorry. I just present to communicate you, sir. Because I have a big problem. I feel confused to make decision to present class A or class B. But I work from morning until evening so I can’t present class morning. I have told to mr hemat and then he said to me he allowed me to present class evening. but mr edward can allow me to present his class if I have a decree from mr hemat but mr hemat do not want to give me. and then i feel frustrated sir…. i feel confused what I should do……. can I participate the final test, sir? I hope that I can sir….. PLISS sir ……

  7. riris nainggolan said:

    sir when will we presented ur presentation???
    is there any make up class for literature 1 A??

  8. sri darma said:

    sir, as long as i know literarure I (sem 6b) has 10 students. to some of them i have told, but the rest i haven’t met yet. but we are agree that better you’re who choose us in a group, because we do not know also how many group that we are going to divide.
    here are the name of students literature IB :
    Prewica
    Romaita
    Christina Pita Sari
    Deni Jansen
    Linda
    Yuliana
    Ian Fraskah
    Yesi Kartika Sari
    Alena
    Sri Darma
    Thank you sir.

    • Hello Sri Darma,
      Thanks for informing me the class members. Please let everybody open this page, download her/his group poem, and start analyzing.
      Good luck to you all!

  9. sri darma said:

    how about for us sir? semester VI B?

    • Hello Sri Darma,
      Thanks for proactively responding.
      To get the poem to analyze, your class should firstly form the work group. Can you please discuss it your classmates and hand me the group members list as soon as possible?
      Best wishes.

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