“Hey Black Devil Thumboo! ” yelled a youth.
As a child of mixed heritage and growing up in early Singapore, Thumboo was name-called this colloquial moniker, often teased and at times ridiculed. …show more content…
As Thumboo began writing, he displayed his passion & strong belief in Nationalism as well as the Singaporean Identity. He displayed how history and heritage are often intertwined in our lives. As such, we are best able to define ourselves as individuals or as groups in multi-racial Singapore.
Famously, Thumboo wrote “I live in Singapore; I have likes and dislikes, a set of interests, a set of values, a set of responsibilities… History I see as fully inclusive, fully in terms of one's personal limits. And it includes beliefs, and anything of significance...nothing is irrelevant.”
In his poetic works, he successfully crafts a sense of belonging for the country he grew up & cherishes. This resonates with his Thumboo’s poetic works are typically lyrical with some descriptive ones as well. In many of his poems, he incorporates metaphors and rhythm, creating a masterpiece for an engaging and enjoyable