I’m Chairil Anwar

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Chairil Anwar (26 July 1922 – 28 April 1949) was an Indonesian poet and member of the “1945 generation” of writers. He is estimated to have written 96 works, including 70 individual poems. Anwar was born and raised in Medan, North Sumatra, before moving to Batavia with his mother in 1940, where he began to enter the local literary circles. After publishing his first poem in 1942, Anwar continued to write. However, his poems were at times censored by the Japanese, then occupying Indonesia. Living rebelliously, Anwar wrote extensively, often about death. He died in Jakarta of an unknown illness. His work dealt with various themes, including death, individualism, and existentialism, and were often multi-interpretable. Drawing influence from foreign poets, Anwar used everyday language and new syntax to write his poetry, which has been noted as aiding the development of the Indonesian language. His poems were often constructed irregularly, but with individual patterns. [Wikipedia]

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Chairil Anwar

“Kalau sampai waktuku, ‘Ku mau tak seorang kan merayu!
Tidak juga kau. Tak perlu sedu sedan itu.
Aku ini binatang jalang. Dari kumpulannya terbuang.
Biar peluru menembus kulitku, Aku tetap meradang menerjang…
Luka dan bisa kubawa berlari. Berlari hingga hilang pedih peri.
Dan aku akan lebih tidak perduli. Aku mau hidup seribu tahun lagi.”
[Maret 1943]

In elementary school I know about Chairil Anwar for the first time. It’s happen when I follow some of my friend to join a poetry contest. We read “Kerawang – Bekasi”, a poem by Chairil Anwar. From there I know more poem by Chairil Anwar. What inspired me just how to live another thousand years as Chairil Anwar wanted.

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