Christmas  – Kim Jong-gil
60s-70s / K-L / Poetry Translation

Christmas – Kim Jong-gil

I spent Christmas morning translating Kim’s poem. This poem is very well-known in Korea, and it often appears in the Korean textbooks. This is also one of my favorite poems. If you’re using my translation, you don’t need to get my permission, but please make sure to clarify who the translator was. Also, as I’m … Continue reading

Poetry Translation

Challenges of translating poems from Korean to English (and vice versa)

I’ve thought about talked about this topic for a while, and I’m finally compiling it. (Started in December 2014. Last updated in January 2016) Generic problems (of translating poetry from one language to another): different syntax retaining rhyme and rhythm cultural differences (symbols or metaphors do not work the same) Problems specific to translating from … Continue reading