By Kim Sowol
To be had for the 1st time in English, Azaleas is a charming number of poems by way of a grasp of the early Korean modernist variety. released in 1925, Azaleas is the single assortment Kim Sowol (1902-1934) produced in the course of his short existence, but he is still one among Korea's such a lot cherished and recognized poets. His paintings is a pleasant and complex mixture of the photographs, tonalities, and rhythms of conventional Korean folks songs with strangely glossy types and issues. Sowol can also be identified for his detailed and occasionally unsettling point of view, expressed via loneliness, longing, and an inventive use of dream imagery-a mirrored image of Sowol's engagement with French Symbolist poetry.
Azaleas recounts the adventure of a tender Korean as he travels from the northern P'yongyang region just about the cosmopolitan capital of Seoul. advised via an array of voices, the poems describe the younger man's activities as he leaves domestic, his stories as a pupil and author in Seoul, and his go back north. even if thought of a landmark of Korean literature, Azaleas speaks to readers from all cultures. An essay via Sowol's mentor, the poet Kim okay, concludes the gathering and gives very important perception into Sowol's paintings and lifestyles. This dependent translation through David R. McCann, knowledgeable on smooth Korean poetry, continues the immediacy and richness of Sowol's paintings and stocks with English-language readers the quiet fantastic thing about a poet who keeps to forged a strong spell on generations of Korean readers.
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Even a dream, just let me have one! Falling asleep, won’t we meet? The one I lost, that very one, she comes riding down the white snow. Evening. Let the white snow come pelting down. 3 4 a z a l e a s Purple Cloud Beautifully colored deep purple cloud! The skies are clearing. Snow that fell unseen last night has blossomed over the pine grove. Morning sun glistens, clumps of snow leaping. . all forgotten, looking out. Just the purple cloud stirring. t w o p e o p l e 35 Two People White snow one flake, another, then covering all the mountain peak.
T w o p e o p l e 35 Two People White snow one flake, another, then covering all the mountain peak. Straw boots bound up, cotton leggings set, knapsack tied tight, even at a distance as I straighten and turn she is still there, she is still there. 3 6 a z a l e a s Cock’s Crow It’s that you are gone, why I keep hearing the cock’s crow rising in my heart. As night turns deeper and sleep more far away, how hard it is to reach a dream. Such the hurt, but why is it so painful to live? Where dawn shadows lie scattered, I walk alone through the grassy fields.
Wide awake in the brightness of day, I go on mistaking anyone on the roadside for her. 3. . Even a dream, just let me have one! Falling asleep, won’t we meet? The one I lost, that very one, she comes riding down the white snow. Evening. Let the white snow come pelting down. 3 4 a z a l e a s Purple Cloud Beautifully colored deep purple cloud! The skies are clearing. Snow that fell unseen last night has blossomed over the pine grove. Morning sun glistens, clumps of snow leaping. . all forgotten, looking out.
Azaleas: A Book of Poems (Weatherhead Books on Asia) by Kim Sowol