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Poems of Modern Sijo
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  • ISBN-13: 9780942049060
  • ISBN: 0942049063
  • Publisher: One Mind Press

AUTHOR

Unsong, Kim, St. Jacques, Elizabeth

SUMMARY

For over 4500 years Koreans have survived at Far East, fiercely independent & proud, withstood overwhelming cultural, political, economic & military ordeals imposed by foreign invaders, keeping their identity by writing & singing their cherished poetry Sijo. It is like a deeply brewed wine unique in quality & taste with their soul blended in it. The 3-line poem of 45 syllables that has endured for over 1000 years originated in the middle of Koryo dynasty & is still going strong in the light of modernism. In 1986 Kim selected 100 masterpieces from over 5000 classical Sijos & translated them in English for POET, an international monthly. Ever since Sijo writing has been blossoming in the Western world. Kim has sponsored Sijo categories in California, Arizona, & Canada distributing his books widely even in Europe. The book in print is the modern version of Sijo written in English. Departing from the classical format & old themes of elegance & passion, his 225 Sijos are more liberal & cerebral reflecting his deepest philosophical & world views in five sections: (1) Humanity (2) Environment (3) Struggle (4) Enlightenment (5) Salvation. Mastering Oriental culture in fields of philosophy & literature & earning MS & Ph.D. degrees in America he is uniquely qualified writing & translating such books as CLASSICAL KOREAN POETRY, SIJO (1986), HYANGGA, THE OLDEST KOREAN SONG (1986), LYRICAL TRANSLATION OF LAO TZU'S TAO TEACHING (1990), POEMS OF MAO TSE TUNG (1995) etc. To order contact: One Mind Press, P.O. Box 1131 San Bruno, CA 94066. Phone (415) 952-7099; FAX (415) 952-2550.Unsong, Kim is the author of 'Poems of Modern Sijo' with ISBN 9780942049060 and ISBN 0942049063.

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