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Talented Vietnamese poet dies at 83

Update: September, 14/2017 - 15:44
Việt Nam’s well-known poet Thanh Tùng passed away in his home on Tuesday in Hà Nội at the age of 83. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Renowned Vietnamese poet Thanh Tùng passed away in his home here on Tuesday.

The 83-year-old poet had been suffering from stomach cancer for over a year.

He was best known for his poem Thời hoa đỏ (The Time of the Red Flowers), written in 1972. The poem was adapted into a song by musician Nguyễn Đình Bảng. The song focuses on the regrets of a couple over their lost love.

He said he composed the song after he received the news that his ex-wife had died and went to Quảng Ninh Province to pay his respects.

He was also famous for other poems adapted into songs by musician Phú Quang, including Người về (Lover comes back) and Hà Nội ngày trở về (Hà Nội, the day I come back).

Thanh Tùng’s real name was Doãn Tùng. He was born in 1935 in Mỹ Lộc District of Nam Định Province. Having lived in Hải Phòng City during his youth, he moved to HCM City in 1995.

During his lifetime, he worked at various jobs to earn a living, including working as a porter and boat builder. In 1997, he visited Greece as Việt Nam’s representative to read poetry with his peers from other countries.—VNS


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