Poem Analysis Template
Introduction:Name of poem: Neighbours
Name of poet : Alfian Sa'at
Date of publication : 1998
Other relevant background : Alfian bin Sa'at is a Singaporean writer, poet and playwright. He is a Muslim of Minangkabau, Javanese and Hakka descent. He is known for his provocative works and is often referred to as his country's enfant terrible.
Form of poem : Imagery
Structure of poem : It is an odd poem with very less rhymes.
Rhyme scheme : a,b,a,b
Overall meaning : The poem is trying to say that the writer's neighbour is very lazy or maybe less educated and he does not like the neighbour. The neighbour is also bad at cooking and does not hide her womanhood. Also, the neighbour's children could not grow as much and do well in education because of her.
How the poem relates to life in general and/ or my life : The poems relates to life because most of us have neighbours and sometimes we also have neighbours like the neighbour in the poem. It tells us what kind of situations or what kind of problems we will face if we ever had one so it is beneficial for us.
Figurative Language and Poetic Techniques
Techniques/Devices Quote(s) Meaning/Significance
Metaphor "each night we slam The neighbours are angry at each other at the
the bolt shut." end of the day.
Hyperbole "she knocks on my They are friendly with each other at first.
Hyperbole " I heard she's a gossip" It means that the neighbour would not keep
secrets and will tell other people easily.
Onomatopeia "knocks" "slam" "scream" It is for more dramatic effects and makes
the story more exciting to read.