Three classical Chinese poetry collections delineate from different angles the Japanese Occupation in Singapore. They are the Sea of Blood, Collection of Kalpa Ashes and Collection of Orchid Flowers. The first is produced in the form of historical record, recalling the Sook Ching Massacre and various social, economic vices during the Syonan years. The second expresses in a lyrical way an individual poet’s reaction toward occupation, while the third was a collection of correspondence poems written by a group of authors. Altogether they reflect in their own styles the darkest age in Singapore history. Through examining the relationship between history and poetry, narrative and lyricism, individual and group expressions, this talk will introduce to the audience the characteristics and significance of these poetry collections.
Admission: This lecture is free and will be conducted in Mandarin. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration is required.
Venue: Ngee Ann Auditorium, Asian Civilisations Museum
When: 21 Nov 2015, 2.30pm - 4pm