Vietnam Art Books -- Thousands attend renowned Vietnamese poet’s funeral (February 25, 2005)

Thousands attend renowned Vietnamese poet’s funeral (February 25, 2005)

The funeral of poet Cu Huy Can Thursday morning in Hanoi was attended by thousands of adoring fans nationwide.

The solemn ceremony was attended by high-raking officials, artists, and the general public who queued in long lines at the Funeral House of the Army Hospital 108 to pay tribute to the genius.

At 1 pm, the memorial service commenced with a moving eulogy read by Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.

Khai praised Huy Can as a typical Vietnamese intellectual, a great poet and a talented social activist who had important contributions to the development of Vietnamese culture.

After the ceremony Huy Can was moved to Mai Dich Cemetery where he was interred to rest in peace forever.

Unfortunately, a sad note to the affair, the poet’s life-long wish to be buried next to his closest friend, Xuan Dieu could not be realized.

On Wednesday, the renowned poet was the first celebrity in the country to have his body sculptured posthumously.

Artist Dinh Gia Le created the body mold of Mr Can – who died at 86 years of age on Saturday evening in Hanoi.

Reprinted from THANHNIEN News

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