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IOP

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Jonathan Boey

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Transcript of IOP

old house
at ang siang hill
an unusual house this is
dreams are here before you sleep
tread softly
into the three-storeyed
gloom
sit gently
on the straits born furniture
imported from china
speak quietly
to the contemporary occupants

why are they not afraid of you
waiting for you to go
before they dislocate your intentions
so what if this is
your grandfather’s house
his ghost doesn’t live here anymore
your family past is
superannuated grime
which increases with time
otherwise nothing adds or subtracts
the bricks and tiles
until re-development
which will greatly change
this house-that-was
dozens of it along the street
the next and the next as well

nothing much will be missed
eyes not tradition tell you this

Arthur Yap
Born a Singaporean
Awarded the
British Council scholarship
to study at the
University of Leeds in England
Attended
Saint Andrew's School
and
University of Singapore
Poet and a painter
Chronicler of Singapore's changes
Mostly active in the 1970s
Significance of the poet's style in portraying the consequences of progress in the poem 'old house at ang siang hill' by Arthur Yap
Jonathan Boey
5.07 Ruth, SL1 English A Literature
1943 - 2006
Master’s degree in Linguistics and English Language Teaching (Leeds)

PhD (NUS)
Singapore in the 1970s
Government-enforced progression plans
9th of August, 1965
Singapore's declared Independence
5-15 years of independence
A period of adaption
'old house at ang siang hill'
The Space of City Trees: Selected Poems
No Other City
Anthology of Urban Poetry
(2000)
Start of a Golden Age
Period of exponential economic increase
The arts and the sciences thrived
Arthur Yap's style in the poem
Diction


Narration


Structure
Subtly summarizing the poem in the title
Subtle personification by carefully crafting the stanzas he writes
Usage of three varied narrators with different characters to narrate each stanza
Creating a more personal poem as the poem reads towards the end
Almost completely lacking structure
A very personal feel
Sentences highlighting the point
Significance of the title
Target of the poem: '
house
'
'
old
': long existence
'
house
': shelter and safety
First Stanza
Third-person narration
Represents the 'introduction' of a prose
A narrator which appreciates the house and is respectful
Second Stanza
First-person narration
Narrates with a disrespectful voice
A narrator which does not appreciate the house
Comparison between the
blue
and the
purple
sentences
Blue
: a voice of a person speaking to the house
Purple
: a voice of a person that wants to knock down the house
A subtle show of the line of tension in the poem
'
Tradition
against
Progress
'
Shows an inner conflict in Arthur Yap: wants both progress and tradition
Contrasting the forces in the line of tension
Blue
: a symbol of tradition
Purple
: a symbol of progress
Orange
and
Pink
parts are extensions of the push for progress.
Shows that he acknowledges progress will overcome tradition in the end
Almost completely lacks structure
Third Stanza
The end of the poet's thoughts
Presents the ultimatum
Structure
The only noticable structure is the short sentences which highlight a point
The unusual structuring of the poem creates a genuine, personal feel which can be felt by the reader
The end result? A poem with a dreamy feel which is actually the product of Arthur Yap's thoughts and feelings on the loss of tradition.
Arthur Yap's distinct style of writing lies greatly in his poems' structure
Pink
segment shows the inescapable fate of the house
Represents the 'body' of a prose
Represents the 'conclusion' of a prose
Bibliography

http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_329_2005-01-20.html

http://www.nparks.gov.sg/cms/docs/ann_siang_hill_p

http://ssa1207photoessay.wordpress.com/tag/ann-siang-road/

http://bukitbrown.com/main/?m=201209

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Siang_Hill

http://www.qlrs.com/essay.asp?id=543

http://bukitbrown.com/main/?p=5177

http://www.shophouses.sg/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/ann-siang-hill-shophouses.jpg

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/63/ArthurYap.jpg/220px-ArthurYap.jpg

Also presents the conclusion of the inner conflict
Orange
segment shows the harsh fate of tradition in time to come
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