from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of short improvised poem in vogue among the Malays.


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  • A traditional Malay quatrain.

    One which was recited to me by a funny old fish-seller called Wak James was as follows:

    Kalau ada jarum patah

    Jangan disimpan di dalam peti

    Kalau saya salah sepatah

    Jangan disimpan di dalam hati

    Translation (though I am not a Winstedt):

    If a needle should carelessly break

    Pray, set the fragments safely apart

    And if my tongue hath carelessly spake

    Keep not the harshness within your heart.

    A very concise discussion of pantuns is here.

    December 7, 2007