Comparing Arthur Yap and Boey Kim Cheng. Bernard Thai Ming Arman. Arthur Yap. Arthur Yap. Arthur Yap was born in Singapore, the sixth child of a carpenter and a housewife.
Arthur Yap is famous for his poems about Singapore. In the poems “the correctness of flavour” and “an afternoon nap”, he focuses on Singaporean mothers and allows us to truly understand the poem as many of us are able to relate. His poems can even be quite humorous at times as he stereotypes Singaporean mothers so well.
waiting for the lime sherbert to arrive, mother turned around to her vacuous child: boy, you heard what i said earlier? nowadays, they emphasise english.
boy rolled his squinty eyes to the ceiling. waitress returned, flustered, and started on her own emphases: lime sherbert today don't have. mango got. strawberry also don't have.
mother, upset and acutely strident: today DOESN'T have. today DOES NOT have
You should be here, Nature has need of you.
She has been laid waste. Smothered by the smog,
the flowers are mute, and the birds are few
in a sky slowing like a dying clock.
All hopes of Proteus rising from the sea
have sunk; he is entombed in the waste
we dump. Triton’s notes struggle to be free,
his famous horns are choked, his eyes are dazed,
and Neptune lies helpless as beached as a whale,
while insatiate man moves in for the kill.
Poetry and piety have begun to fail,
As Nature’s mighty heart is lying still.
O see the widening in the sky,
God is labouring to utter his last cry.