Jung Hee Sung

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 Jung Hee Sung's Life

The Seventies. His early poems mainly drew inspiration from classical Korean texts, yet put a fresh spin on the mythical worlds they depicted. From the mid-1970s, he began to write works that condemned social problems, and today he is seen as one of South Korea's leading Resistance poets. He is not considered a prolific poet, with only six poetry collections spanning his five-decade career. In 2006, he was elected the 16th Chairman of the Writers Association of Korea .

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 Jung Hee Sung's Writing

poetry included inSamguk Yusa, orMemorabilia of the Three Kingdoms. His first poetry collectionDapcheong(답청 Treading on Grass in Spring) also uses similar motifs. Published in 1974, the collection provides new interpretations of old mythical worlds in careful and controlled verse. From the mid-1970s, he wrote a series of socially conscious poems to take a stand against the realities of the oppressive society and show his support for underprivileged groups and minorities. In particular, his 1978 collectionJeomun gange sabeul sitgo(저문 강에 삽을 씻고 Rinsing the Shovel in the Twilight River) consists of works that portray everyday scenes in great detail. These poems overcome the limits of Participation poetry, break free of fixed verse forms, and convey powerful emotions.Jeomunestablished Jung's reputation as a leading Participation (or Resistance) poet of the 1970s who carried on the legacy of Kim Soo-young and Sin Dong-yup (pioneers of Participation poetry in the 1960s), and who captured in his poems the energy and wholesomeness inherent in the everyday lives of ordinary people.

, Jung's third collection was published, entitledHan geuriumi dareun geuriumege(한 그리움이 다른 그리움에게 One Longing to Another). His fourth collection,Sireul chajaseo(詩를 찾아서 In Search of Poetry), was released in 2001.

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 Jung Hee Sung's Works

Poetry collectionsedit

  • 《답청》(샘터사, 1974) {Treading on Grass in Spring. Samtoh, 1974. }
  • 《저문 강에 삽을 씻고》(창작과비평사, 1978) {Rinsing the Shovel in the Twilight River. Changbi, 1978. }
  • 《한 그리움이 다른 그리움에게》(창작과비평사, 1991) {One Longing to Another. Changbi, 1991. }
  • 《詩를 찾아서》(창작과비평사, 2001) {In Search of Poetry. Changbi, 2001. }
  • 《돌아다보면 문득》(창비, 2008) {What Hits You When You Look Back. Changbi, 2008. }
  • 《그리운 나무》(창비, 2013) {A Tree I Miss. Changbi, 2013. }

Works in translationedit

  • "Floral Tribute Song" and other poems,Asiajournal, Winter 2013

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 Jung Hee Sung's Awards

  • 1981: Kim Su-Young Literary Award
  • 1997: Poetry and Poetics Award
  • 2001: Manhae Prize
  • 2013: Jung Jiyong Literature Prize

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 Jung Hee Sung's Further reading

  • 고운기, <정희성과 정호승>, 『시안』 14권 1호, 시안사, 2011년 { Go, Un Gi. "Jung Hee Sung and Jung Ho-seung."Sian14, no. 1 (2011). }
  • 윤영천, <시와 행동>, 『형상과 비전』, 소명출판, 2008. { Yun, Yeong Cheon. "Poetry and Action." InForm and Vision. Somyung Books, 2008. }
  • 박남희, <시대적 윤리의식과 시적 자유>, 『존재와 거울의 시학』,마음과 경계, 2006 { Park, Nam Hui. "Ethics Befitting the Times and Poetic Freedom." InPoetics of Existence and Mirrors. Maeumgwa Gyeongye, 2006. }
  • 임규찬, <우리네 슬픔에 맞는 사랑의 갈구>, 『작품과 시간』, 소명출판, 2001 { Im, Gyu Chan. "Longings for Love That Match Our Sadness." InWork and Time. Somyung Books, 2001. }

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 Jung Hee Sung's References

  1. "정희성 | Digital Library of Korean Literature (LTI Korea)". library.ltikorea.or.kr. Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  2. "정희성 :: 네이버 인물검색". people.search.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  3. "정희성" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  4. "정희성" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  5. "그리운 나무" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-24. 

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