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Back to Heaven: Selected Poems of Ch'ôn Sang Pyông

77 BacktoHeaven
Translated by Brother Anthony of Taize
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1995 English Language Edition

These poems by the happiest man in the world are full of light though written in dark times. Ch'on Sang Pyong had the art of seeing the beauty of life beyond all the pain, and of putting it into the music of words. Recently, many young Koreans have discovered in these poems and in the poet's life the innocence and honesty they look for in vain in modern society. His poverty and his body broken by torture never made Ch'on bitter or angry; his poems are humns of joy at the marvels of nature and the simple pleasures of life. His greatest poem sees death, not as the end but as a journey "back to heaven" where he plans to tell how beautiful his life's outing in this world was. |


  • Introduction
  • Bird (1971)     
  • Individual Poems In a Tavern (1978)     
  • Individual Poems A Real Poet (1984)     
  • Individual Poems You lovely fellow, you!     
  • Individual Poems
  • Series Editor's Afterword

  • BROTHER ANTHONY (An Sonjae) is a member of the Community of Taizé. He has been living in Korea and teaching at Sogang University in Seoul since 1980. Now an emeritus professor at Sogang University, Brother Anthony has published some twenty-five volumes of translations of Korean poetry and fiction.

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