By Kim Sowol
On hand for the 1st time in English, Azaleas is a charming number of poems by way of a grasp of the early Korean modernist kind. released in 1925, Azaleas is the one assortment Kim Sowol (1902-1934) produced in the course of his short lifestyles, but he is still one in all Korea's such a lot liked and recognized poets. His paintings is a pleasant and complicated mix of the photographs, tonalities, and rhythms of conventional Korean folks songs with strangely glossy varieties and issues. Sowol can be identified for his distinctive and occasionally unsettling point of view, 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 sector on the subject of the cosmopolitan capital of Seoul. instructed 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 via Sowol's mentor, the poet Kim okay, concludes the gathering and gives very important perception into Sowol's paintings and existence. This stylish translation by means of David R. McCann, a professional on smooth Korean poetry, keeps 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 robust spell on generations of Korean readers.
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Overgrown, the rock tops the waters once rushed over. Dry field of reeds, pebbles overgrown, where now the water’s traces linger. Sound of washing sticks, sound of water; songs of the nymphs in the fable. Overgrown, the rock tops the waters once rushed over. 2. Spring Night s p r i n g n i g h t 27 Spring Night In dark tresses of the weeping willow’s ancient limbs, in vivid blue of the swallow wing blouse, and there by the wine house window, just look. Hasn’t spring settled in? Silently the winds blow, weep, sigh, while without a reason we know sadness and longing this dark spring night as gentle vapors rise and cover the ground.
But now that my love has gone away, gone and truly left me, everything I had thought was mine has slipped away, now is lost. Only those stories I learned long ago, those alone remain with me. Growing day by day ever stronger, the old stories bring me to helpless tears. 2 0 a z a l e a s Love’s Song The clear song of my dear love is always filling my heart. Outside the gate I stand the day long to listen, and my dear love’s sweet songs come to my ear as the sun goes down and all turns dark. As night draws on and I fall asleep, they come.
This day of worries, fretting as if you were coming! All at once the sun is down, and the day, dark. n o o n e l o n e m o u n t a i n 45 Sky’s Edge Mine to all at once leave the house, scramble up the mountain and be there looking down on the sea. The boat is out, sailing the sky’s edge. 46 a z a l e a s Ant When azaleas blossom and winds noise about the willow’s branches, the ant works steadily, narrow-waisted ant, for half a spring day, all of today again, steadily wearing itself out to build its house.