Fugitive Dreams by Sowol KimFugitive Dreams by Sowol Kim

Fugitive Dreams

bySowol KimTranslated byJaihiun Kim

Paperback | September 16, 1998

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With the appearance of this English translation, Western readers will for the first time be able to appreciate the poetry of Korea's most revered and popular modern poet. Born at the beginning of the twentieth century, Sowol Kim was the first poet to introduce the Korean vernacular into poetry. His verse combines sharply edged, everyday phrasing with a lyrical lightness of expression that is unique among modern poets. His poems on loss and death evoke the transience of life with a beauty that transcends despair - the triumph of his art.
Better known by his pen name Sowol Kim, or Sowol for short (the name means "Simple Moon"), Chongshik Kim was born in 1902 and brought up in a small town in the far north of North Korea. After high school, he studied for a time in Japan. Although he did not finish his formal studies, he was widely read in Western literature as well as t...
Title:Fugitive DreamsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:126 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:September 16, 1998Publisher:Ronsdale PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0921870566

ISBN - 13:9780921870562

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Regarded as one of Korea's finest modern poets, Sowol Kim left the world a magnificent series of poems before committing suicide in 1934. Fugitive Dreams represents a representative selection, translated into contemporary English. These translations retain the original Asian tonalities, but employ English diction and rhythm. Influenced by both Western and Eastern literary traditions, Kim's poetry is readily accessible to readers today.