Syair Alif Ba Ta: The Poet and His Mission
 
NORIAH MOHAMAD
 
ABSTRACT
 
Syair Alif Ba Ta comprises of 72 verses in Jawi and Romanized scripts, side by
side. In this work, the unknown writer used the letter A to begin the first word
in each verse. As the other writer then, he referred to himself as a poor vagabond
with nothing to call his own. But, he was aware that useful knowledge
should be spread. He cited praises to God and reminded the readers that God
has given us a mind that should be used intelligently. With knowledge, one
cannot be easily fooled. Generally the syair makes good reading and understanding.
 
Key words: good characters, advice, knowledge, bahasa Melayu
 

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