Translation: Ok-sung Ann-Baron
These poems, from the greatest Korean poets of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are characterized by a strong connection to nature, a nostalgic and emotional tone, and meditation on the impermanence of the physical world, often influenced by Buddhist philosophy. A few evocative titles : The Little Hermitage at the Corner of the Rock, To the Sound of the Rain, While the Spring Flows By, An Offering of Pine, The Tatters of Cloud, The Cinnamon Tree of the Moon... The anthology contains poems of all kinds, including short poems such as the sijo and long narrative poems such as the kasa. Linguists and specialists will be fascinated by these original texts, often written in Chinese characters and always the objects of enormous amounts of verification and collation. Others will simply encounter a fascinating literary tradition, still largely undiscovered.