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Title: Language-oriented poetry in Myanmar
Date of publication: 27 April 2011
Description/subject: "To many people outside Myanmar (Burma), it might come as a surprise that there is such a thing as Language-oriented Poetry in contemporary Myanmar poetry scene. As I happen to be the person responsible (‘the instigator’ / ‘the culprit’) of so-called Language-oriented Poetry in Myanmar, I feel that I should have my say on how this has come about in Myanmar, a country that has been under a military regime for the past 20 years or so..."
Author/creator: Zeyar Lynn
Language: English
Source/publisher: Jacket2
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: Contemporary Burmese Poetry
Date of publication: August 2009
Description/subject: Article by Vicky Bowman. The article was accompained by some poems when the issue was published online in August 2009, but I cannot find them. They were: Hyma Ein – The Submarine Island... Manorhary – The Boat Will Row Back to My Shore... Manorhary – Days After Snow... Phone Thet Paing – Diary
Author/creator: Vicky Bowman
Language: English
Source/publisher: Number 21 August 2009
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 30 September 2013


Title: The Refugee Who Fled to Burma
Date of publication: June 2001
Description/subject: Ashin Ananda was a unique refugee: Not only did he flee to Burma during the Ne Win era; he also became an important interpreter of Burmese culture for a Western audience. Thiri reflects on the legacy of this Buddhist monk from Estonia, who died just one year before his native country regained its independence from the former Soviet Union.
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Irrawaddy", Vol 9. No. 5
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003


Title: The Development of Political Themes in Minthuwun's Poetry
Date of publication: 1997
Description/subject: Min-thuwun is perhaps the greatest of living Burmese poets. Over the past 70 years he has published more than 100 poems covering a broad range of topics, including young love, the hardships of village and student life, and Burmese nationalism. Following a brief biographical sketch of the poet, this article presents a series of readings of selected poems that show Min-thuwun to be a passionate promoter of Burmese culture and an astute and subtle social commentator whose political messages are conveyed in figurative verse notable for its depictions of the victims of injustice. By framing his discussion within the periodization of 20th-century Burmese literature put forth by the poet-critic Mya Zin, the author demonstrates how Min-thuwun's career can be taken to exemplify the development of modern Burmese literature as a whole.
Author/creator: Saw Tun
Language: English
Source/publisher: Journal of Burma Studies Vol. 1 (1997)
Format/size: pdf (1.21MB)
Alternate URLs: http://www.niu.edu/burma/publications/jbs/vol1/index.shtml (Vol. 1)
Date of entry/update: 10 March 2009