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This is among the earliest, and still among the most accomplished of Edwin Thumboo’s personal poems. The poem is a reflection of the reckless life of a friend who had died in a road accident. The poem is often discussed in academic circles for a number of reasons. One of these is its early mention of Ulysses, which is distinct from Thumboo’s more famous use in “Ulysses by the Merlion”. Another is its more cautious attitude towards the activity of travelling, which often defines his later poetry. It is an interesting poem when read against Thumboo’s collected works and can lend both depth and clarification to their study.
This digital copy (c) National Library Board Singapore 2011. The original work (c) Edwin Thumboo, 1956.