Thursday, September 01, 2005
Azalea Flowers 진달래꽃
In an attempt to be all things to all people. I have finished today with the most famous Korean poem of modern times. All Koreans know this poem and if you are ever in conversation with a Korean, drop this in to really impress!
Korean literature really came ahead in leaps and bounds in the first half of the 20th century. In a reaction to an influx of Western values and the occupation by Japan, writing like that of Kim became a way of expressing national identity in the face of great odds.
Azalea Flowers - Kim So Weol (1902-1934)
When you go away at last,
sickened with the sight of me,
know that I shall let you go,
saying nothing, make no fuss;
but climbing high on Yongpyon's hills,
there I'll pick azalea flowers,
armfuls of purple, just to spread
along the pathways as you go
Then go, with muffled parting steps
trampling down those flowers you find
strewn before your departing feet;
and when you go away at last,sickened with the sight of me,
know that for the life of me
I'll shed no tears then, no, not one.
진달래ㅅ곳 - 김소월 (1902-1934)
말업시 고히 보내드리우리다.
아름ㅅ다다 가실길에 ㅅ부리우리다.
San Nakji for President!