& Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond

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edited by Edwin Thumboo

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Synopsis

Anthologies are well-established institutions. They are especially useful in promoting interest in poetry. &Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond attempts to do so through a fresh approach. First, it provides a selection of Singapore poems in English, arranged in four broad sections: Identity, Homeland, Living, Words. Second, the selection includes poems in World Englishes which suggest their wide variety as well as how the shared experience of colonialism and the recovery from it, often generates a number of common responses. They offer opportunities to compare poems. Third, there are translations from Chinese, Malay, and Tamil, reminding readers that Singapore poetry is more than just that in English. Finally a section ‘Four Short Forms: Couplet, Haiku, Quatrain, Pantun’ to encourage teachers and students to try their hand at writing.

&Words features 170 poems by 73 Singapore poets and 35 overseas poets. It is hoped that this selection will add to the growing interest in Singapore literature, particularly its poetry. 

About the Editor

Edwin Thumboo, Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow, National University of Singapore, has been involved in Singapore’s literary developments since 1951. He has published five volumes of poetry, the latest being Still Travelling (2008). Thumboo received the Singapore National Book Development Council’s Book Award for Poetry in English thrice, South-east Asia Write Award (1979), Singapore Cultural Medallion (1980), ASEAN Cultural and Communication Award in Literature (1987), and the Raja Rao Award (2002).

Review

“... one of the most enjoyable poetry anthologies I have read in some time”
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George PolleyAsiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language & Literature

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ISBN: 978-981-08-6321-0
Published: 2010
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm
Extent: 264
Finish: Paperback

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