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Transcript of School Over
into listless children's ears
listening to their noon-dreams
and wandering plans
for the schoolless afternoon.
i too was waiting for the bell
(quietly cursing the new office boy)
expanding an idea home
into minds that have closed their doors.
the bell was life-giver,
god of freedom,
and life rushed into the limbs
of heat-tired bodies
were mounted on desks
wood upon wood, dragging
the last scraps of the day down.
but i must wait,
see them leave
what they had not wanted,
the dreary classroom,
wet from the heat
i stood behind the table,
out of the path of the stampede
of boys running to catch
friends from other classes,
from the elbows and feet
of those newly alive.
the moments took them
away,away behind the buildings,
to the roads.
What inspires him?
He voices out his feeling as a teacher who watches his students daydreaming in his class and rushing out from the classroom when the class is over in spirit and life not shown in class.
School over is rejoiced by everyone and he want to record these happy moments.
The happiness of the students inspired him to write this poem.
The theme freedom is well potrayed in the poem. It is all about the temporary freedom enjoyed by the students when school ends. He describe school over as a door to freedom for students.
The theme of happiness is displayed throughout the poem as shown in third stanza, when the boys running around.
Muhammad Haji Salleh was born on March 26, 1942 in Taiping, Perak.
He pursued his studies overseas and obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from Michigan University, United States of America.
Famous author and poet of Malaysia.
He was awarded the prestigious "Anugerah Sasterawan Negara" in 1991.
By: Nur Raihan bt Mohd Noorazam and Nurul Husna bt Zakariah
School Over by Muhammad Haji Salleh
the girls smoothed their hair
secretly peering into some mirror
hidden in Shakespeare or Usman Awang
in their book baskets
i stood waiting for them to go
awkwardly looking at them
giggling and whispering.
they walked out
some feminine, some childish,
Tone and mood
The mood in this poem is
as it is a writing from the view of a teacher.
The tone in this poem is
happy, excited and the eagerness
waiting for the school to end in a day. The poet also joining the children's excitements of the happy moment.
Figures of Speech & Sound Devices
-"The belated bell
rustily" (stanza 1)
-The use of 'shrieked' is imitating a high pitch sound, using rhetorical device which is onomatopoeia.
-"Life rushed into the limbs" (stanza 2)
-Life is given the way a person runs and a form of personification.
" (stanza 2)
-Where 'wet' is place side by side with 'heat'. Wet only happens when it is cold. It is impossible to be wet on a hot day.
-Allusion is used where the earlier symbolizes Western knowledge and the later symbolizes Eastern knowledge. Shakespeare is a famous English author while Usman Awang is a famous Malaysian author.
r the sch
n." (stanza 1)
-Vowel 'o' is repeated to make line 5 sounds smooth when reading. It gives the sense that the afternoon is very appreciated. ASSONANCE takes place.
-"The bell was life-giver," (stanza 2)
-Metaphor takes place where the bell is said to be giving life to the students.
-Alliteration occurs where letter 'f' is repeated, giving life to the lines. It also gives the idea of the children’s running that seems to have constant rhythm
-“Running to catch” their “
rom other classes”. (stanza 3)
-Repetition of 'some' makes the line sounds lively.
childish," (stanza 5)