Azaleas: A Book of Poems (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Azaleas: A Book of Poems (Weatherhead Books on Asia)


Available for the 1st time in English, Azaleas is a charming number of poems by means of a grasp of the early Korean modernist type. released in 1925, Azaleas is the one assortment Kim Sowol (1902-1934) produced in the course of his short existence, but he continues to be one in every of Korea's so much liked and famous poets. His paintings is a pleasant and complex combination of the pictures, tonalities, and rhythms of conventional Korean folks songs with strangely smooth types and issues. Sowol can also be identified for his distinct and occasionally unsettling viewpoint, expressed via loneliness, longing, and an artistic 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 zone on the subject of the cosmopolitan capital of Seoul. advised via an array of voices, the poems describe the younger man's activities as he leaves domestic, his studies as a scholar and author in Seoul, and his go back north. even supposing thought of a landmark of Korean literature, Azaleas speaks to readers from all cultures. An essay through Sowol's mentor, the poet Kim okay, concludes the gathering and gives important perception into Sowol's paintings and lifestyles. This stylish translation by way of David R. McCann, a professional on sleek Korean poetry, keeps the immediacy and richness of Sowol's paintings and stocks with English-language readers the quiet great thing about a poet who maintains to solid a robust spell on generations of Korean readers.

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