• Azaleas by Kim Sowol
  • ของ Kim Sowol
  • - from Spring Night in Kim Sowol's collection , translated by David R. McCann (Columbia University Press).
  • by : Kim Sowol (1902 – 1935)

The most beautiful poets of Korea : Ⅱ Kim Sowol: - the Origin of K-Culture, K-POP, and Korean Wave

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Available for the first time in English, "Azaleas" is a captivating collection of poems by a master of the early Korean modernist style. Published in 1925, "Azaleas" is the only collection Kim Sowol (1902-1934) produced during his brief life, yet he remains one of Korea's most beloved and well-known poets. His work is a delightful and sophisticated blend of the images, tonalities, and rhythms of traditional Korean folk songs with surprisingly modern forms and themes. Sowol is also known for his unique and sometimes unsettling perspective, expressed through loneliness, longing, and a creative use of dream imagery-a reflection of Sowol's engagement with French Symbolist poetry. "Azaleas" recounts the journey of a young Korean as he travels from the northern P'yongyang area near to the cosmopolitan capital of Seoul. Told through an array of voices, the poems describe the young man's actions as he leaves home, his experiences as a student and writer in Seoul, and his return north. Although considered a landmark of Korean literature, "Azaleas" speaks to readers from all cultures. An essay by Sowol's mentor, the poet Kim Ok, concludes the collection and provides vital insight into Sowol's work and life. This elegant translation by David R. McCann, an expert on modern Korean poetry, maintains the immediacy and richness of Sowol's work and shares with English-language readers the quiet beauty of a poet who continues to cast a powerful spell on generations of Korean readers.

Available for the first time in English, "Azaleas" is a captivating collection of poems by a master of the early Korean modernist style. Published in 1925, "Azaleas" is the only collection Kim Sowol (1902-1934) produced during his brief life, yet he remains one of Korea's most beloved and well-known poets. His work is a delightful and ...

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Seo appreciated the work of older contemporaries such as Kim Sowol (1902-1934), Joo Yohan (1900- 1979), and Kim Yeongrang (1903-1950), but he did not follow directly in their footsteps. Moreover, he resolved to outdo Chong Chi-yong, a poet at the forefront of Korean modernism who put a premium on technical brilliance. Rather, Seo’s early poetry originates somewhere outside of the bounds of Korean literature. His major influences include the works of Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, Hugo, and Li Po; the philosophy of Nietzsche touching on the world of Greek myths, and Zarathustra, the Overman; and the ideas of Siddhartha.