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The Poet

The Poet When the King s governor after falling into rebel hands and changing sides is recaptured by the royal troops not only is he executed but his son and grandsons are by family tie condemned to death

When the King s governor, after falling into rebel hands and changing sides, is recaptured by the royal troops, not only is he executed but his son and grandsons are, by family tie, condemned to death as traitors The little grandsons are quickly sent away in disguise to save their lives While the elder boy grows up to be a street vendor living by his wits and reconciledWhen the King s governor, after falling into rebel hands and changing sides, is recaptured by the royal troops, not only is he executed but his son and grandsons are, by family tie, condemned to death as traitors The little grandsons are quickly sent away in disguise to save their lives While the elder boy grows up to be a street vendor living by his wits and reconciled to the loss of status, it is on the younger son that their mother pins her hopes of recovering the family s social position In The Poet, Yi Mun yol tells the story of this younger son, the wandering poet who lived in the strictly hierarchical Korea of than 100 years ago a man driven to the margins of society even as he strove for recognition as an outstanding poet a man constantly tempted to make compromises, even to the point of betraying his family, in order to fulfil his mother s ambition and yet survive as a free spirit This delicately told story of a lonely fight for self respect, of a quest to reconcile duty and privilege in an oppressive society, is a luminous parable for our times.

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  1. Yi Mun-Yol says:
    Yi Mun yol born May 18, 1948 is a South Korean writer.Yi Mun yol was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1948, but the outbreak of the Korean War and his father s defection to North Korea forced his family to move about until they settled in Yeongyang, Gyeongsangbuk do, the ancestral seat of his family The fact that his father defected dramatically affected his life, as he was seen and treated as the son of a political offender, and was passed around among relatives After dropping out of the College of Education of Seoul National University in 1970, Yi Mun yol made his literary debut through the annual literary contests of the Daegu Maeil Newspaper in 1977, and the Dong A Ilbo in 1979 On being awarded the prestigious Today s Writer Award for The Son of Man in 1979, Yi emerged as the most noteworthy writer of the time The Son of Man explores the theme of the complex relationship between God and humanity in light of the finite nature of human existence inadvertently cast in infinite universe, through the eyes of the protagonist who is doubtful of the Christian Weltanschauung From 1994 to 1997, he taught Korean language and literature at Sejong University Since 1999, he has also served as the head of Buak Literary Center, a residential program for budding writers He is currently a chair professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies from

Comment 253 on “The Poet

  1. Steve says:
    Shiin The Poet 1992 is a piece of historical fiction written by one of Korea s leading contemporary novelists, Yi Mun yol b 1948 , which resurrects the life and times of the poet Kim Pyong yon 1807 1863 It appears that Yi chose to write about Kim because they had a fundamental commonality Kim was the grandson of a traitor and Yi s father defected to North Korea on ideological grounds during the Korean War and left his family behind The consequences for both Kim and Yi went well beyond schoolyard [...]

  2. Steve says:
    Shiin The Poet 1992 is a piece of historical fiction written by one of Korea s leading contemporary novelists, Yi Mun yol b 1948 , which resurrects the life and times of the poet Kim Pyong yon 1807 1863 It appears that Yi chose to write about Kim because they had a fundamental commonality Kim was the grandson of a traitor and Yi s father defected to North Korea on ideological grounds during the Korean War and left his family behind The consequences for both Kim and Yi went well beyond schoolyard [...]

  3. Paul Fulcher says:
    Yi Mun yol is perhaps my favourite of the Korean authors from the post war generation of Korean authors, based on his classic My Twisted Hero and his first novel, The Son of Man, which was one of my favourite reads of 2016 review show.The Poet tells the story of the 19th Century Korean itinerant poet Kim Pyeong yeon , better known by his nickname Kim Sakkat or Kim of the Bamboo Rain Hat.For on the poetry, see the English edition of his collected works my review review show was born to a pivotal [...]

  4. Bookandkook says:
    Diziden kitaba uyarlama olan Gizli Bah e yi saymazsak Kore edebiyat ndan okudu um ilk kitap oluyor air Yazar burada efsaneden do an ilgin bir halk hikayesini me hur air Kim Sakkat n biyografisini kaleme alm As l ismi Byungyeon olan air, tarihi Kore dizilerinde s k a g rd m z Joseon hanedan zaman nda ya am Hikaye 1811 y l nda air 5 ya ndayken ba l yor Dedesi Kim ksun soylu biri olmas na ra men devlete ihanet ediyor ve soy kurutma cezas na arpt l yor Yani bu durumda Byungyeon, babas , abisi, karde [...]

  5. Phoebe Lynn says:
    I really wanted to like the poet but I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted Slow to start, it never got very exciting for me I did not like their interpretation of the meaning of poetry as I found it rather convoluted and pretentious The character of the poet did not appeal to me and I was not able to sympathise with him.

  6. Roger says:
    How often it is in life that something looked forward to and hoped for turns out to be disappointing, and those things sprung upon us, or that we stumble across despite ourselves, are great experiences So it is with The Poet My wife, who has an artistic temperament, bought this book second hand because she liked the cover art Tiger by Song am and, through a mis communication I thought she had purchased it for me owing to its subject matter I never would have purchased or read the book if left to [...]

  7. Ocean Gebhardt says:
    A book about this man s life ktlit kim sakkat koreaAlthough, I am impressed by the man as a poet after reading the article than after reading the book It is odd that the book didn t include all of these linguistic games he was able to do it touches upon them, but just barely Anyway, taken together with that article, the book is quite interesting Half biography, half historical novel.

  8. Will Shadbolt says:
    I can t see everyone liking this, but for me it was like one of those books that speaks directly to you It tells the life of a famous 19th century Korean poet vagabond who unfortunately hasn t made much of a jump into English, Kim Sakkat While still a young boy, a rebellion occurs up where his grandfather is posted as a governor and when captured joins the rebels instead of accepting death The flames are quelled, though, and his grandfather executed by the royal troops, and the family is now mar [...]

  9. Seda says:
    G ney Koreli yazar Yi Mun Yol un tarihsel bir kurgu i erisinde bir airin hayat n anlatt eseri air, hem yazar n kendi ya am ndan, hem de 19 y zy lda ya am nl air Kim Pyong yon ya da bilinen ad yla Kim Sakkat n ya am ndan yo un izler ta makta Kitapta, st s n f bir ailenin ocu u olarak d nyaya gelen Byungyoen un, dedesinin isyanc lara kat l p hain olarak ilan edilmesiyle birlikte de i en hayat anlat l yor Dedesinin ld r lmesi ve ailesinin de soy r tme cezas ald Byungyoen y llar boyu abisi ve annesi [...]

  10. Barbora Romanovská says:
    Zase jedna liter rn lib stka o ivot korejsk ho b sn ka Kim Sakkata vlastn m jm nem Kim Pjongjon, 1807 1863 aristokrata p vodem, tul kem, milovn kem en a dobr ho v na.Za soumraku pt ci na jedn v tvi us naj , za svitu rozlet se ka d jinam Pod vej Lidsk ivot u je takov , k emu je m et si ruk vy slzami V dycky u budu litovat, e jsem se nedala na studium asijsk ch jazyk Kde jinde m ete vyj d it kv t broskvon zopakov n m znaku ho et nebo vrbu zopakov n m znaku pro viset I Munjol zvolil t jazykov styl, [...]

  11. Cody says:
    best korean lit i read in that i believe it is the only korean lit ive read outside of some ssay on Take Care of My Cat for east asian language major class poems are apparently very punny with character choices so on but i dont think it translates well, you just get these eerie quiet funny things story is kind of cool because its all about entrenched institutional prejudices f ing over poor poeple, and the poet combats this by wrting blue collar songs about how noble people have topknots in thei [...]

  12. Kozmokitap says:
    D nemin artlar n ve o zamanda ya aman n zorluklar n bir airin ya am ile ok g zel betimlemi yazar airin ya am n betimlerken kendi hayat ndan kesitlere de yer vermi tir Kitapta baz yerlerde imla hatalar olsa da okurken rahats z etmiyor kozmokitap 2015 0

  13. Henrique Medina says:
    La vida del poeta Coreano Kim Sa Kat llevada a trav s de una narrativa interesante y amena que en ning n momento decae para dejarnos en la incertidumbre del punto m ximo de la poes a de este personaje de finaels del siglo 19.Excelente edici n llevada al espa ol por Edicines B.

  14. Des says:
    Korean fiction is only recently beginning to be translated into English The first major author translated was Yi Mun yol The Poet, a historical epic, and Our Twisted Hero, a parable about living under dictatorship set in a boys school

  15. David Flett says:
    Korean historical fiction of a poet s life Content interesting but flat, like The gardens of light Maalouf




  16. Brian Boyce says:
    Excellent, Buddhist narrative in a historical fiction.

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