The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry

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byDavid McCann

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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 the only up-to-date representative gathering of Korean poetry from the twentieth century in English, far more generous in its selection and material than previous anthologies. It presents 228 poems by 34 modern Korean poets, including renowned poets such as So Chongju and Kim Chiha.

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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 A...

David McCann is Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature at Harvard University. His many books include Early Korean Literature: Selections and Introductions; War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War; and translations of poetry by So Chongju, Kim Chiha, and other poets. He lives in Wate...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:April 5, 2004Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Chu Yohan (1900-1980)
Kim Sowôl (1902-1934)
Yi Sanghwa (1901-1943)
Han Yong'un (1879-1944)
Yi Yuksa (1904-1944)
Im Hwa (1908-1953)
Chông Chiyong (1902-?)
Kim Yôngnang (1903-1950)
Yi Sang (1910-1937)
No Ch'ônmyông (1911-1957)
Paek Sôk (1912-?)
Yun Tongju (1918-1945)
Sô Chôngju (1915-2000)
Pak Mogwôl (1916-1978)
Cho Chihun (1920-1968)
Pak Tujin (1916-1998)
Kim Suyông (1921-1968)
Pak Inhwan (1926-1956)
Kim Ch'unsu (1922-)
Ku Sang (1919-)
Hong Yunsuk (1925-)
Kim Namjo (1927-)
Pak Chaesam (1933-1997)
Shin Kyôngnim (1936-)
Ko Ûn (1933-)
Hwang Tonggyu (1938-)
Shin Tong'yôp (1930-1969)
Kim Chiha (1941-)
Kang Ûn'gyo (1945-)
Kim Yôngjo (1943-)
Kim Sûnghûi (1952-)
Kim Hyesun (1955-)
Hwang Jiwoo (1952-)
Pak Nohae (1956-)

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Readers are going to be surprised, I think, by the richness and intensity and range of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry Though many U.S. soldiers lost their lives in the Korean War, and though our fates are profoundly intertwined with that of the Korean people, most Americans have not really taken in the history of that beautiful and riven country: the decades of a brutal Japanese occupation in the first half of the century, during which many aspects of Korean culture were suppressed, the years of WW II, the extraordinary violence and devastation of the Korean Civil War as it turned into a Cold War battlefield, the post-war struggle of the people of the south against their dictators, the explosive economic growth, the isolation of and continued tension with the North. Throughout these years, people lived lives, wrote poems, whoe literary movements, avant-gardes, people's poetries, folk poetries, underground and oppositional poetries, Buddhist and Christian poetries, appeared and disappeared, and some remarkable poets made poems from their century's violent requiem. Perhaps no American scholar other than David McCann could have found a way to tell the whole story in the way that this book does. David McCann speaks of the powerful spell Kim Sowol's poem 'Azaleas' cast, and how it survives as a touchstone of the "resigned sadness of the Korean people." He notes that few Americans could spontaneously recite a comparable poem. In a nation cleft by war, these poets have transcended censorship and other oppression, violent turns of history, famine and other hardships, and wrested from these conditions a dazzling effusion of talent and truth-telling as 'poets of the South, poets of the North,/ run/ from death and deceit.' The poems range in tone and outlook from imagistic and meditative to today's rather surreal language poetry, an impressive variety despite the great body of shared traditions and aesthetics. These texts will stimulate interest in Korean literature and inspire recordings of the original poems.