Chinese classical-style poetry during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore

Chinese classical-style poetry during the Japanese Occupation in Singapore

Three classical Chinese poetry collections, Sea of Blood, Collection of Kalpa Ashes, and Collection of Orchid Flowers, focus on the Japanese occupation of Singapore. The first is produced in the form of historical record, recalling the Sook Ching Massacre and various social and economic vices during the occupation. 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, as well as individual and group expressions, this talk will introduce to the audience the characteristics and significance of these poetry collections.