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Franz Kafka – Oh Kyu Won

Franz Kafka

Oh Kyu Won (1947-2007)

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Sitting by my crazy student
who wants to study poetry,
I drink
the cheapest coffee,
Franz Kafka

1987
(Translated by Jido Ahn. June 2017)

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프란츠 카프카

오규원 (1947~2007)

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시를 공부하겠다는
미친 제자와 앉아
커피를 마신다
제일 값싼
프란츠 카프카

1987

It was a pretty straight-forward translation. But I remember being positively shocked when I first saw this poem as an early teen, so when I came across this poem again today, I decided to share the poem on my blog.

 

Photo from Hankook Ilbo

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