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Poem Biography The original Vietnamese poem titled “Ong Do” was published in 1936 in Hanoi, Vietnam by poet Vu Dinh Lien. Lien was born in Hanoi, Vietnam in October of 1913, and formally received an education at the College of the Proctectorate. Lien was an educationally driven man as he found himself in positions of teaching others. Lien obtained jobs as private school teachers, and soon found a pedestal into becoming a serious writer as he soon became the editor of a popular Vietnamese Journal titled, “Tinh Hoa” (Quintessence). Lien’s published works soon found themselves in the review sections of Vietnamese magazines as Phuong Hoa, Loa, and Tinh Hoa. The poem, “Ong Do” was published in 1936 amidst a revolutionary “Modern Poetry Movement” that had been catalyzed a few years prior in Vietnam.