Flowers in Classical Malay Literature: A Study of Aesthetics

(Bunga dalam Kesusasteraan Melayu: Satu Kajian Estetika)

  • Mohamed Nazreen Shahul Hamid Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Syahidatul Munirah Badrul Munir Universiti Sains Malaysia

Abstract

Flowers are among God's amazing creations in the mortal world. There are a variety of flowers in the Malay world, such as the hibiscus, various types of jasmine and the lotus. These flowers are recorded in old Malay texts. Therefore, this paper examines flowers in traditional or classical Malay literature as elements employed, mentioned or used metaphorically for a specific purpose, which clearly shows the wisdom of the Malays of old. The methodology employed for this study was library research as well as textual analysis to analyse relevant data. A conceptual framework related to literary aesthetics was used as the basis of the study. The study finds that in Malay texts, flowers are used for both their figurative and literal meanings. This study is important in demonstrating the ingenuity of the Malays.


Keywords: flowers, aesthetics, symbolism, literal, ingenuity

Author Biographies

Mohamed Nazreen Shahul Hamid, Universiti Utara Malaysia
School of Languages, Civilisation and Philosophy, Universiti Utara Malaysia
Syahidatul Munirah Badrul Munir, Universiti Sains Malaysia

School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia

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Published
2021-06-03
How to Cite
HAMID, Mohamed Nazreen Shahul; BADRUL MUNIR, Syahidatul Munirah. Flowers in Classical Malay Literature: A Study of Aesthetics. Malay Literature, [S.l.], v. 34, n. 1, p. 1-20, june 2021. ISSN 2682-8030. Available at: <http://jurnal.dbp.my/index.php/MalayLiterature/article/view/8051>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.37052/ml34(1)no1.