Monday, April 21, 2014

Khoo Seok Wan Singapore early Poet ... and Reformist too!

Khoo Seok Wan Singapore early poet. Saw his calligraphy & poems at Woodlands Regional Library today. Featuring three of his works: "A Letter to Lee Choon Seng", "Relocating" and "Making Ink to My Wife's Boudoir".


Khoo Seok Wan (born 1874) is one of Singapore’s literary pioneers. He is not only remembered as a prolific literary giant, having penned over 1,000 poems, but also as the main player of the reformist movement in early Singapore. Khoo is also believed to be the person who first popularised the name ‘Sin Chew’ (literally meaning ‘Starry Island’) to refer to Singapore. In this exhibition, Khoo Seok Wan: Poet and Reformist, visitors will be able to explore these two elements of Khoo’s colourful life and through that a vignette of Singapore’s early history. On display are rare documents like handwritten manuscripts of poems by Khoo, couplet with the seal of the Guangxu emperor (reign 1875-1908) and letters from Kang Youwei, leader of the reform movement of 1898 in China. To appreciate Khoo’s literary output, visitors will be able, with the help of audio-visual displays, to listen to his poems recited in Mandarin and in Hokkien, with English translations. Come and discover in this exhibition, why Khoo Seok Wan has earned the esteemed title of ‘Master Poet of the South’.

生于1874年的邱菽园是新加坡的文艺先驱之一。在他富传奇性的一生中,他不但创作了超过一千首诗,还是本地参与清末维新变法运动的主要人物。自号“星洲寓公”的邱菽园曾大力推广“星洲”这个名称,使其被广泛接受为新加坡的别称。本展将让公众通过许多从未展出的文物了解邱菽园跌宕起伏的人生,以及新加坡的早期历史。罕见的展品包括邱菽园的手迹、维新运动发起人康有为的亲笔信、印有清朝光绪皇帝玉玺的对联等等。本展也将结合声音影像,以华语和福建话朗诵邱菽园的诗作,同时配上英文翻译,适合公众扶老携幼齐来感受诗中的意境。想知道邱菽园为什么会被誉为“南侨诗宗”吗?来本展看个究竟吧!
From National Library Board, "Khoo Seok Wan: Poet and Reformist 浪漫与革新:南侨诗宗邱菽园".

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