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Title:
Subject:
Arts>>Literary Arts>>Poetry
Language:
English
Audience:
Adults|Young People
Type:
Book Extract
File Details:
229 KB, 3 p. application/pdf
Abstract:
A number of poems by Edwin Thumboo focus on individuals from Singapore’s diverse ethnic cultures. Their inclusion can give a sense of how he approaches the question of what being Singaporean must mean. Manikam embodies the immigrant spirit as well as the dream of the independent soul. He is a Jaffna Tamil who rises above the poor conditions of his birth and upbringing to establish a good and rewarding career for himself. He takes the road less travelled and is able to find both worldly success and simple happiness.
This digital copy (c) National Library Board Singapore 2011. The original work (c) Edwin Thumboo, 1977.