Awards
24th April 2018

“星衢诗艺”学生写诗比赛2018 (Sing Chu Chinese Poetry Creation Competition)

Poetry is one of the oldest form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language to express meanings beautifully. Earlier this year, the Chou Sing Chu Foundation invited students with the flair and interest in writing Chinese poetry to take part in the inaugural “星衢诗艺”学生写诗比赛 (Sing Chu Student Chinese Poetry Creation Competition). It hoped to nurture students’ interest in writing, creativity, imagination, to help them understand a poet’s creative process, and encourage their appreciation of the beauty of the Chinese Language.

The topic this year was “Time, Space, and the Human World — Poetry and the Everyday”, where the “everyday of poetry” refers to the poet’s perception of, and response to time, space, and the human world. The organisers wished to make the point that while “everyday” could seem mundane to some, the observant poet would nonetheless be able to express the temporal, universal, and human qualities of “everyday” through poetry.

We are pleased to announce that our Dunmanian: Li Jinsha from 18Y4G, has won the Merit Award in this poetry writing competition!

Here is Jinsha’s award-winning poem!

《笑着哭》

鲜而浓的绿  绿得浸油
油亮得像在发光
玫瑰是胭脂色的
花瓣透着丝绸的光泽  厚重又轻滑
像情人的肌肤

我笑着  为了能偷偷的哭
谁知道呢
绿色刺痛了我的眼
红色是我破碎的心

Here are Jinsha’s thoughts about her experience:

“我对诗歌和文学一直充满着兴趣,而这次获奖让我深感意外又十分荣幸。这个奖项既是对我过往努力的一种肯定,也为我打开了一扇通往更广袤的文学天地的大门,使我深知自己还有诸多不足。

我是在文学的墨香中长大的。记得小时候家里不大,但柜子了里总是密密麻麻摆满了书本。母亲尤爱读诗。自那时起,诗歌便在我幼时的心田深深扎下须根,那朴素却玉洁的花随着我的成长悄然开放。我喜欢“面朝大海,春暖花开”的景色,我惊艳于“唯有牡丹真国色,花开时节动京城”的季节,尽管年幼的我尚未能理解“黑夜给了我黑色的眼睛,我却用它寻找光明”的向往……看多了,慢慢就忍不住拿起笔杆,用纸墨倾吐情感。现在再回顾曾经的作品,不禁为那幼稚的遣词造句失笑,尽管这些都是成长的必经之路。时光荏苒,白骏过隙,所幸所作的诗歌就像一个日记本,使我记得曾经经历的日子,那些交往过的人,发生过的事。诗歌也给予我力量和无尽的可能,哪怕身处生活的现实,也要做梦想的间谍。我的生活因诗歌而更加丰富多彩!

As Cohen said, “Poetry, like one’s deeds, is what remains of life,” suggesting an immortality for that which is penned in verse. Poetry is a powerful literary genre that expresses one’s emotions through words, and provokes thought and reflection on life itself. I was proud to have learnt that my school offers both English and Chinese literature subjects, as the literary arts (including poetry) offer a rich experience and help students to better understand and embrace other cultures. This is especially important as we live in the multicultural society of Singapore as well as the increasingly globalised 21st century. Personally, I am greatly honoured and grateful to receive this prize and I would like to thank my teachers and friends who have supported me throughout my learning journey in Dunman High.”

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