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Description - The Votive Pen by Nilanjana Sengupta

A riveting look at the fiercely original, intellectually brilliant mind of Singapore's unofficial Poet-Laureate, Edwin Thumboo whose poetry is key to understanding the emotional hinterland of the city-state.

A rivetting look at the fiercely original, intellectually brilliant mind of Singapore's unofficial Poet-Laureate, Edwin Thumboo. Born of Tamil and Teochew parents, he embraced the Protestant faith late in his life. He has a self-confessed fetish for Yeats and Pound and yet completed his doctoral thesis on post-colonial African poetry. He taught himself the Ramayana and I-Ching but found traces of the Odysseus in the shadows of the Merlion. He is brusquely vocal about poetry with a purpose and yet appears a hopeless romantic in his poems about his wife.

What happens when a mind which is such a melting pot of brilliant ideas and contrary emotions tries to unscramble the identity of a country like Singapore which is complex, multiracial, has known a fierce economic growth that has often elbowed aside everything else? The Votive Pen sets out to see Edwin Thumboo's poetry - steadily and see it whole - without the intervening static of earlier critical writing and with an intense alertness to the text.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9789814882132
Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 136mm x 30mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House SEA
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2020
Country of Publication: Singapore

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