English translation and appreciation by Peter Chen and Michael TanReviewed by Chan Chiu MingAn original English translation from the Chinese text:Comprises 60 poems (85 verses) and three prose compositionsOpens a window to the heart and mind of a Chinese scholar who lived from the late Qing through the 1950sReflects the life of a pioneer writer of Malayan-Singapore Chinese Literature: his personal tragedies, struggles, disappointments and the joy in his family, friends and his poetryEnglish explanations for many interesting expressions and allusions used in Chinese classical poetryEnables an English language reader to enjoy the rich and colourful heritage of Chinese culture and languageA companion edition of the book in Chinese is available — the original classical text translated into modern Chinese and profusely annotated by Associate Professor Dr Chan Chiu Ming of National Institute of Education, Singapore.

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