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Title: Poetic Culture: Contemporary English Poetry in Singapore
Keywords: English, literature, Singapore, contemporary, poetry, anthropology
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2010
Citation: POH MIN MEI MAGDALENE (2010-01-21). Poetic Culture: Contemporary English Poetry in Singapore. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis explores what I call the cultural anthropology underlying the production of English poetry in Singapore during the last ten years. It uses a questionnaire and interview method to obtain responses from selected poets, and these responses are then compared against existing published materials and critically analysed, with the purpose of explicating, elaborating and articulating the various factors that have led to production of English poetry in Singapore. So far, all the existing academic material on contemporary Singaporean poetry has centred on literary analysis, and I hope that my research can act as a useful supplement because it is a kind of literary anthropology and a form of context-building which reviews craft as vocation, profession and cultural practice. In this way, I hope to fill a gap or lack in current academic scholarship, and contribute to building a more holistic understanding of contemporary Singaporean poetry and its production. Twelve prominent local poets were selected, and they belong to the contemporary generation who fall within the same age bracket (20s to 40s, with the exception of Lee Tzu Pheng, who is in her 50s, and has been included to give her opinions as a pioneer poet). They are: Lee Tzu Pheng (b. 1946), Heng Siok Tian (b. 1963), Madeleine Lee (b. 1963), Boey Kim Cheng (b. 1965), Felix Cheong (b. 1965), Yong Shu Hoong (b. 1966), Alvin Pang (b. 1972), Aaron Lee (b. 1972), Toh Hsien Min (b. 1975), Cyril Wong (b. 1977), Alfian Sa'at (b. 1977) and Ng Yi-Sheng (b. 1980).
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