Studies on the pantun in English is often a rare
commodity. While the passion for the verse form
is exuberant, studying it has not been a popular
endeavour. This book is a first full introduction to
this extremely popular Southeast Asian poetic form that has
found its way into many literatures of Europe and Australia
and now into the cyber spaces, recreating itself within the
demands of the new technology.
In the Malay Archipelago itself it is the well-loved medium
of love relationships, customary laws, proverbs, lullabyes
and oral and written narratives. No other form has been
able to execute these many functions and still retain such a
freshness and flexibility.
In this study Prof Muhammad introduces the various
presences of the pantun, its functions, its different stages of
development and spread, and not least is magical aesthetics.
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