Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu today stressed that there was no problem to use the Malay 'pantun
' (verses) at his ministry's events, but it should suit the occasion.
Chris Mooney-Singh's competent pantun
written about and at Siri Nagar, Kashmir--among others--show that Singapore as place or culture is not a consistent focus, and that is good.
After all, we had a rich and varied literary tradition, we had the hikayats; the fantastical tales of anthropomorphic heroes and heroines, stories inspired by the Mahabharata and Ramayana, mystical lands, djinns, epic battles between warring forces, seafaring characters with fearless blades, princesses who had to be wedded and then saved, and we had the "pantun
" or pantoum, the lyrical, gentle, and gorgeous Malay poems, with metrics and rhyming patterns, with solipsisms, sinew, and stunning beauty.
This includes the traditional Malay folk stories, pantun
and seloka and wood carving that evidently justify their intimate relationship with the environment.
Relevant passages have been identified in several texts and in passages from the oral tradition of Sundanese pantun
, as outlined in the following paragraphs.
The song cycle Of Challenge and of Love (1994) was nearly a decade in the making, and the selected correspondence we present here between Carter and John Hollander from the late 80s and early 90s shows Hollander pitching Carter poems to consider for musical setting, and Carter playing the student as Hollander explains the Malay poetic form pantun
. Carter eventually takes the bait, interpreting Hollander's borrowed stanza form as a rhetorical concept to be worked out musically: how to capture "the problem of objective succession and subjective experience," as Jeff Dolven describes it in a companion essay.
The initial MOU generated a steady slateof television and radio coproductions annually including Rapsodi, a variety extravaganza; Minda, Bridging Minds and University Forum, programmes that promotes closer interaction and understanding among students; Pantun
, a joint radio production; Malay dramas; and joint technical meetings between broadcasters from both countries.
She includes proverbs and poems in the pantun
form, and children's songs and games.
Milton Babbitt: "Phonemena," "The Waltzer in the House," "Now Evening After Evening," "Pantun
." Chester Biscardi: "Baby Song of the Four Winds," "Recovering," "Guru." Mel Powell: "Levertov Breviary." Tobias Picker: "Native Trees," "To the Insects," "Half a Year Together," "When We Meet Again," "not even the rain." David Rakowski: "Musician," "Georgie," "Sara." Three Encores:"Vocal Ease," "Scatter," "Vocal Angst." Christopher Berg: "Ode on a Grecian Urn."
It would be as ridiculous to institute a sarong-culture, complete with pantun
competitions and so forth, as to bring back the Maypole and the Morris dancers to England just because the present monarch happens to be called Elizabeth....
Extremely dense verse compositions in quatrains, karang, accompanied by the lute and the bamboo zither, are the vehicle for subtle courtship songs and poetic jousts in which men and women compete in a mode that recalls the Malay pantun
, whereas for evenings of collective ritual ebriety to commemorate the Master of Rice or the Master of Flowers, everyone improvises "jars songs," karang at siburan (lantigi, yaya, timpasan, bangkiyaw, sudsud ...) during a ritual feast, tamway, that may be repeated for seven consecutive years.