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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry

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Korea's modern poetry is filled with many different voices and styles, subjects and views, moves and countermoves, yet it still remains relatively unknown outside of Korea itself. This is in part because the Korean language, a rich medium for poetry, has been ranked among the most difficult for English speakers to learn. The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry is th ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published March 24th 2004 by Columbia University Press (first published March 1st 2004)
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Eadweard
Jan 24, 2016 Eadweard rated it liked it
Shelves: korean, poetry
Chu Yohan

Life, Death

Life is a sinking sun, a sea of blood,
A strong clamoring sky.
Death is a dawn, a pale mist,
A pure breath, clad in mourning white.

Life is a flickering candle.
Death is a shining diamond.
Life is a comedy of sorrow.
Death is a beautiful tragedy.
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Kim Sowol

Cigarette

My thoughts turn faithfully to my cigarette,
conspirator-friend for one deep, long breath.
There is a tale told somewhere, I have heard,
it was tobacco leaves that grew on the tomb of a girl born and straightwa
...more
Hayun
Aug 18, 2014 Hayun rated it it was ok
The selection of poetry is alright, but the translations are pretty mediocre. The "canon" of 20th century Korean poets, if you will. I still don't think it's as rich as it could be.
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