The Quest for Self in Modern Korean Poetry

  • Peter Hacksoo Lee


Modern Korean poetry has matured in a most turbulent setting: Japanese Occupation (1910–45), collapse of the independent movement (1919), the Second World War, the liberation (1945), the Korean War (1950–3), the revolutions (1960, 1961) . Few peoples have experienced so many political and spiritual crises in a span of fifty years. But what is important is that these crises were occasions for the emergence of a new generation with a new voice. Each time, new writers subjected the ruling literary fashions to a fresh valuation. The cultural and moral crises not only fostered the experimental movements — a rapid succession of literary movements and ideas brought some confusion — but effected the modernisation of the language and the liberalisation of techniques.1


National Identity Korean Language Chinese Poetry White Horse Traditional Verse 
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