Everyday life in Hong Kong, and elsewhere in treaty port-era China, has inspired writers since its mid-19th century beginnings. Doggerel verse – of varying standards – was always the most popular poetry form. This mode allowed more profound observations and emotional truths some safe expression; higher sentiments openly displayed, in resolutely mercantile societies, were often defensively dismissed. Doggerel appealed to the local readership. The generally lighthearted verses were easy to…



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