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White Village

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White Village

By  Yi Byŏng-Ho , Editor  Sung-Il Lee
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This book contains the poems in classical Chinese composed by Yi Byŏng-ho (1870‒1943), born toward the end of the Chosŏn Dynasty, the last monarchy in Korea, to live through the period of privation of her national sovereignty. Yi Byŏng-ho composed poems that reveal the undying spirit of poesy reasserting the beauty of life, despite the spiritual torpor that inevitably devastated the life of the whole nation during the darkest age in all Korean history. One of the last Korean poets who composed in classical Chinese before modern Korean poetry started resorting to the vernacular and the national orthography, han-gŭl, Yi Byŏng-ho was a poet who excelled in poetic composition in classical Chinese, not only in strict conformity to the classical Chinese poetic tradition, but with a strong touch of uniquely Korean sentiments. Sung-Il Lee, a scholar of English literature, has rendered his grandfather's poems in classical Chinese into English. Though his field of study is far from the literary domain the original works belong to, he has overcome the linguistic chasm lying between classical Chinese and English, while attaining spiritual reunion with his grandfather.

Sung-Il Lee, who has translated the works, is Professor Emeritus of English at Yonsei University. He is the author of Beowulf in Parallel Texts (Cascade Books, 2017) and Counting the Stars at Night: The Complete Works in Verse and Prose by Yoon Dong-Ju (Resource Publications, 2022).

ISBN: 9781666770964

ISBN-10: 9781666770964

Publisher: Resource Publications (CA)

Publication Date: 04/28/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 04/28/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 146

Language: English

Categories

Asian - Chinese

Historical