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Bamboo Grove An Introduction to Sijo

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ISBN-10: 0472085581

ISBN-13: 9780472085583

Edition: N/A

Authors: Richard Rutt, David R. McCann, David R. McCann

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The sijo is the most popular and most Korean of all traditional Korean poetic forms, originating with the old songs of the Hyangka of the Sylla Empire (668-936) and the prose songs of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392). Sometimes likened to haiku for its brevity, a typical sijo poem follows a three-line pattern, with each line containing approximately fifteen syllables. The first two lines mimic one another both in form and content, but the last line often introduces a twist or countertheme, not only bringing the poem to a close, but sharpening the theme developed in the first two lines. The popularity of the sijo in Korea--writers range from royalty to common citizens--is always a challenge for the translator, who must often inhabit widely differing backgrounds to completely understand a poem's subtle nuances. Richard Rutt's translations, considered to be some of the best available in English, remain true to the unique structure of the original Korean lyric. The Bamboo Grove will interest not only poets and students of poetry, but scholars of Korean culture curious to view history through this important and significant form of verse. The white snow has left the valleys where the clouds are lowering, Is it true that somewhere the plum trees have happily blossomed? I stand here alone in the dusk and do not know where to go. YI SAEK (1328-1396) Richard Rutt is also the editor and translator of the book Virtuous Women: Three Classic Korean Novels and, most recently, The Zhou Yi: A New Translation with Commentary of the Book of Changes. David R. McCann is Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature and Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 10/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638

The Songs
Historical Songs
Political Songs
Drinking Songs
Moral Songs
Songs of Loyalty
Love Songs
Songs of Solitude
Songs of Music
Songs of Mortality
Songs of Nature
Songs of Retirement and Rustic Life
Sasol Sijo
Modern Poems
Texts and Sources
Index of Authors
Index of First Lines