Promoting Khmer literature, Scholar Library will host an event starting this week that aims to raise awareness of poetry among young Cambodians.
“The Khmer Poetry Class event is a forum for authors to share what they do with more people. It is remarkable how many people think they know how to write poetry without knowing much about its history,” said programme coordinator Yeng Chheangly.
The class will teach participants about both Khmer and foreign poetry. Students will make a comparative study of various types of poetry and learn to analyse poems.
According to Mr Chheangly, “The primary mission of the class is to promote Khmer literature through the study of poetry. Then we will conduct poetry readings once a month so that students and teachers can display their own talents.”
Those willing to spend less time looking at Facebook and invest time in attending the literature class will come away with a knowledge of the basic elements of poem composition. Most importantly, participants will get a chance to develop their critical-thinking skills.
Those who complete the class will be presented with a certificate and can join the Poetry Night events, which will also give them the chance to enter a national poetry competition. The class will run for three months from August 12 to October 12 at Scholar Library, Mr Chheangly said.