The Best of Edwin Thumboo

The Best of Edwin Thumboo

Edwin Thumboo / Jun 03, 2020

The Best of Edwin Thumboo Edwin Thumboo Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow National University of Singapore has been involved in Singapore s literary developments since A recipient of the Cultural Medallion and

  • Title: The Best of Edwin Thumboo
  • Author: Edwin Thumboo
  • ISBN: 9789810718398
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edwin Thumboo, Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore, has been involved in Singapore s literary developments since 1951 A recipient of the Cultural Medallion and numerous other awards for his poetry, Thumboo remains one of Singapore s most distinguished and widely acclaimed poets to this day.Here, for the first time, is a definitiveEdwin Thumboo, Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore, has been involved in Singapore s literary developments since 1951 A recipient of the Cultural Medallion and numerous other awards for his poetry, Thumboo remains one of Singapore s most distinguished and widely acclaimed poets to this day.Here, for the first time, is a definitive collection that gathers the best of Thumboo s work Including his most prominent poem, Ulysses by the Merlion, this collection of over 150 poems personally selected by Thumboo celebrates the landmark contribution he has made to Singaporean literature He was at the forefront of Singapore poetry when it was founded and he is at the forefront of Singapore poetry now Dennis Haskell, Professor of English, Communications and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia editor of Westerly magazine

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      • Edwin Thumboo

        Edwin Thumboo, Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore, has been involved in Singapore s literary developments since 1951 editing, anthologising, initiating programmes eg Creative Arts Programme with the Ministry of Education , running a poetry column in The Straits Times, teaching a degree level creative writing course etc He published Rib of Earth 1956 , Gods Can Die 1977 , Ulysses by the Merlion 1979 , A Third Map 1993 , Friend 2003 , Still Traveling 2008 , and Bring the Sun poems from out of print volumes 2008 He is working on a volume of translations into Chinese, as well as a Selected Poems due to appear in 2012 Studies of his work include Ee Tiang Hong, Responsibility and Commitment The Poetry of Edwin Thumboo 1997 and Peter Nazareth, Edwin Thumboo Creating a Nation through Poetry 2008 , Essays on Edwin Thumboo has contributions by Jonathan Webster editor , Thiru Kandiah, Wong Phui Nam and Lily Tope He has edited Seven Poets Singapore Malaysia, An Anthology 1973 , The Second Tongue An Anthology of Poetry from Malaysia and Singapore 1979 , and was General Editor for the Anthology of ASEAN Literatures The Poetry of Singapore 1985 , and The Fiction of Singapore 1990 He received the National Book Development Council of Singapore, Book Award for Poetry in English 1978, 1980 and 1994 , Southeast Asian Writers Award 1979 , Singapore s Cultural Medallion 1980 , ASEAN Cultural and Communication Award in Literature 1987 , the Raja Rao Award 2002 , and the Meritorious Service Medal, Singapore 2006 A Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa 1977 , he has given readings in various universities and international literary festivals and book fairs.


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    1. Favourite poems:ROOTS- Renovation- Temasek- Shiva- Dragon StrikesFEELING HISTORY- Games- Sunshine and Shadow- The ExileALL IN ALL- Rediscovery- Hawaii- Chin's Garden – I- FriendPEOPLE, MOMENTS, PLACES- Driving Through the PSI- Gods Can Die- Plush- The Sneeze, Hock Lam St, nr City Hall- A Boy Drowns, Bukit Timah Campus- The RiverNUMINOUS & MAKING- A Poet Reading- Words Loop AgainEvery poem in this section had stronger, more beautifully abstract imagery and phrases in general than the other [...]


    2. Rating4/4 - ++++1 - +0.5 - ?0 - XRenovation - +? (Definitely a poet that has a grasp of image and the rhythms. This is just a symbolist image-piece though. But it gives me much expectation for the rest of the collection)Temasek - ++Yesterday - +Bitter Ballad - ?Victoria School, Jalan Besar - +Catering for the People - ? (agitprop)Wat Arun - +Cremation - +Shiva - +?Krishna - +?Dragon Strikes - ?Arts House, Smith Street, Chinatown, Singapore - ++? (a bit of cliche at stanza 1-3 & weak ending)U [...]


    3. In many ways, Edwin Thumboo is both overrated and underrated at the same time; his personal poems are often overlooked in favour of his public pieces, which is a shame, considering how tender his many introspective poems can be, as presented in this volume.


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