Đoàn Thị Điểm

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Đoàn Thị Điểm (段氏點, 1705–48) was a Vietnamese woman poet.

She is best known for her biography of the goddess Liễu Hạnh[1] and her version of Đặng Trần Côn's poem "Lament of a Soldier's Wife" (Chinh phụ ngâm) from chữ Hán into vernacular chữ nôm.[2] The Lament is an example of song thất lục bát ("double seven, six eight") form.[3]


  1. ^ Bonnie G. Smith The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History Volume 1 - Page 107 - 2008 "One candidate for inclusion would surely have been the Vietnamese poet Doan Thi Diem (1705-1748), whose biography of the goddess Lieu Hanh is one of the most famous literary works of the period."
  2. ^ Anthony Bott - Dimensions: Texts from Asia for the Upper Secondary English Classroom Page 7 1998 "The Lament of a Warrior's Wife - Doan Thi Diem. Doan Thi Diem was born in Vietnam in 1705 and died in 1748. She was a poet, an educated woman, and her most important work was the long narrative poem from which this extract has been taken.
  3. ^ Patricia M. Pelley Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past 2002 - Page 125 "One of the most celebrated poets was Nguyễn Trãi, whose famous victory poem, poems addressed to military personnel, poems in classical Chinese, and, most critically, his poems in nom were granted a place of special honor in the literary canon. The poet Đoàn Thị Điểm was also greatly esteemed for "Lament of a Soldier's Wife," a poem she wrote in classical Chinese. The considerable merit bestowed on Lê Quý Đôn stemmed from the astuteness of his work overall and his phenomenal productivity: he authored at least three chronicles, several volumes of poetry, two encyclopedic compilations, and.."