One of Burma's most respected and well-known poets has died.
U Wun, better known as Min Thuwun, died Sunday at his home in Rangoon at the age of 96. He began writing poetry in his late teens.
After studying literature at Oxford, he returned to Burma in 1939 to teach at Rangoon University. He wrote poems about love, nationalism and the hardship of village life. Much of his poetry is included in school textbooks.
Min Thuwun joined the opposition National League for Democracy and was elected to parliament in the 1990 elections. But after the military government lost the election, it refused to recognize the results and U Wun left the party to pursue his writing.
Among other accomplishments, he won Burma's National Literary Award.
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