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Call to Poetry

Call to Poetry


This book surveys poems written in the English Language from 1900 to 1962 by poets from or based in Malaya and Singapore. The poets express their emotions through images that are telling in their vitality. Their flexibility with the English language allows them to express their felt experiences, where the language becomes a creative medium in the hands of non-native users of the language. Among the poets surveyed are Lim Boon Keng, Hedwig Anuar, Edwin Thumboo and Wong Phui Nam.

SKU: 978-967-03-1176-0
  • Book Details

    ISBN: 978-967-03-1176-0

    Genre: Poetry

    Pages: 192

    Printing: Black&White

    Cover: Paperback

    Size: 128mm x 203mm

  • About the Author

    Rosaly Puthucheary, started writing poetry in her teens. Her first poem was published in the daily, The Singapore Standard in 1952.

    Her poems “The Quarrel” and “The Song’’ were published in the periodical, The Young Malayans in 1956.

    She left teaching to study at the University of Singapore in 1969. Her poems appeared in the Singapore Undergrad in 1969 and 1970. After graduation, she started teaching in 1972 at Raffles Girls’ school where she taught English Literature. Then she was posted to Anglo Chinese Junior College in 1984 where she taught General Paper and English Literature.

    She did her parttime masters in the National University in Singapore in 1986. Her poem “Future” appeared in Pacific Quarterly Moana in 1979. Her poem “The Jog” appeared in ACJC annual in 1987.Her article, “A study of Parthasarthy’s Rough Passage” was published in Indian Writing in English in 1980.

    Her poems “The Rap ‘and Á Reel” appeared in the anthology More Than Half the Sky in 1998.

    She retired from teaching in 2001 and enrolled at the National University of Singapore in 2002. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred on her in February 2006 by the National University of Singapore.

  • Other Publications by the Author


    Pillow Your Dreams, Woodrose Publications, 1978

    The Fragmented Ego, Woodrose Publications, 1978

    Dance On His Doorsteps, Crescent Design Associates, 1992

    Footfalls In the Rain, Select Publishing, 2008

    Mirrored Mirages, Select Publishing, 2008

    My Burning Hill, Ethos Books, 2012


    Non- Fiction

    Under the Shadow, Ethos Books, 2015

    Different Voices, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Singapore, 2009

    Tongue-Tied, Pagesetters Services, 2018

    Call to Poetry Gerak Budaya, Kuala Lumpur, 2021



    The Tessellated Path, Celestial an imprint of Select Publishing, 2009

    In the Wake of Terror, Celestial, 2012.

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