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Early Lyrics 1941-1960: Poems by So Chong-Ju (Midang)

90 Early Lyrics
Translated and Introduced by Brother Anthony of Taiz
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SO CHONG-JU, also known by the penname Midang, was born in Sonum village in the North Cholla Province of Korea, in 1915. His first poems were published in the late 1930s; his first collection of poems dates from 1941. The present volume contains the complete poems of his first four collections, on which his reputation as Korea's leading living poet largely rests. He has published many volumes of poetry, as well as poems published separately. He has edited a number of anthologies and published works on literary history and criticism. He was for many years a professor at the Buddhist University, Dongguk University, in Seoul, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has been awarded many of Korea's most prestigious literary awards. Translations of selected poems by So Chong Ju have previously been published in France, Spain, Germany and the United States. | 304 pages


  • Introduction
  • Flower Snake Poems (1941)
  • Nightingale (1948)
  • Selected Poems of So Chong Ju (1955)
  • The Essence of Silla (1960)

  •  "It would be an understatement to evaluate So Chong Ju's The Early Lyrics 1941-1960 as a seminal volume in Korean literary history, but let it be said simply: if you are a poet, a reader of Korean history and culture, or a person in search of an intensely beautiful language, find a copy of The Early Lyrics ... [The] one volume of collected poems all poetry lovers should read this year." — Korean Quarterly


  • BROTHER ANTHONY 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. His publications include translations of works by Ku Sang, Ko Un, Kim Kwang-kyu, Kim Seung-hee, and Yi Mun-yol. 

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