Poet Anh Tho, whose real name was Vuong Kieu An, was born in 1918 in a family of public servants in the northern province of Bac Giang.
travelled with her
father to all corners of the northern delta region and was closely bound to the rice fields and the countryside.She
was affected by the nationalistic literature at an early age.She
loved poetry especially that written by her
maternal grandfather and also her
mother's lullabies.All provided a wealth of inspiration for Anh Tho
was passionate about poetry despite being forbidden by her
father, who didn't want his
daughter to become a poet.She
was determined to pursue a career in poetry and make a name for herself.Her
first penname was Hong Anh but later she
changed to Anh Tho
.In 1941, her
collection Buc Tranh Que (A painting of Rural Landscape) was published and immediately welcomed by readers and the artistic circle.This work received the prize of the Tu Luc Literary Prize.Anh Tho
was considered a prominent representative of the New Poetry Movement
in the early 20th century.Her
poems are usually a depiction of natural beauty and human sadness as in the poem "Spring afternoon" she
depicted a tranquil cottage dotted with purple margose flowers or a gloomy countryside market shrouded by misery.Anh Tho
found in poetry a way out around the social barriers, which restricted women in society.An adopted daughter of Anh Tho, Ms Cam Tho said, "My mother wrote poems when she was very young.
devoted most of her
working life to making poems.In addition to the poetry collection "A painting of the Rural Countryside" and a novel Black Teeth published in 1944, she
had a dozen of other poem collections printed later.She
said poetry should be short and descriptive.Good poetry should reflect the essence and eternity of the human soul.Poems should not be too complicated to confuse readers.Poetry is the halo brightening the hardest period of the national struggle for independence and freedom.Poetry liberated women from constraints in the feudal culture.Anh Tho
loved poetry as the most significant component of life.
...Anh Tho early joined the Viet Minh Front and later held important positions such as Secretary of the Women's Association of the four districts in the north and member of the Standing Committee of the Women's Association in the two northern provinces of Bac Giang and Lang Son.She
took an active part in the war of resistance against the French.After the August Revolution, she worked in Hanoi and became a member of the Standing Committee of the Vietnam Writers' Association in 1957.From 1971 to 1975, Anh Tho worked for New Works Magazine.She
was conferred the State award of Literature and Arts in 2001.