Cricket – Hwang Tong-gyu
80s-90s / H-J / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Cricket – Hwang Tong-gyu

Cricket Hwang Tong-gyu (1938-) A cricket that was chirping around a benjamin vase on the balcony for several evenings chirped in the utility room in the back yesterday. A bit sluggishly. What had made it move there, while, by and by, autumn is deepening lonesomely? Would it have crawled across the living room or flown? … Continue reading

Awareness – The Visage of Happiness – Kim Hyunseung
60s-70s / K-L / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Awareness – The Visage of Happiness – Kim Hyunseung

Awareness – The Visage of Happiness Kim Hyunseung (1913-1975) If happiness comes to me, I thank it; Even if misfortune comes to me, I thank it. Happiness comes once from outside, Once from inside. Our door to happiness Opens from outside But also from inside. When I’m happy, I warmly cherish the sunlight of today; … Continue reading

Mother, Sister – Kim Sowol
20s-30s / K-L / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Mother, Sister – Kim Sowol

Mother, Sister Kim Sowol (1902-1934) Mother, sister, let’s live by the riverside. In the yard is the tinge of sparkling golden sand, Outside the back door is the song of fallen leaves. Mother, sister, let’s live by the riverside. 1922 (Translated by Jido Ahn. March 2016) Learn more about the poet: Kim Sowol (1902-1934)   … Continue reading

That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud – Chong Hyon-jong
80s-90s / A-G / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud – Chong Hyon-jong

That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud Chong Hyon-jong (1939 – present) I regret at times. That moment, that event Could have been a treasure trove… The person of that moment The thing of that moment Could have been a treasure trove… Had I digged in more passionately And talked more passionately And listened more … Continue reading