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Chong Hyon-jong shares his thoughts on spending time with poetry

In this class,

Looking back on the literary life of Chong Hyon-jong, a poet representing modern Korean Poetry, you can learn important things about poetry reading and writing through his thoughts and representative works.

All Lessons : 10 | 1:14:44

Free 1st lesson after sign up!

Lesson 1

03:21

Intro <Greetings>

Poet Chong Hyon-jong has written iconic poems for 55 years. He begins to talk about what poetry means to our lives through his poem "Greetings."

Poet Chong Hyon-jong has written iconic poems for 55 years. He begins to talk about what poetry means to our lives through his poem "Greetings."

Free 1st lesson after sign up!

Lesson 2

07:00

Poetry, the Tonic for the Soul

Using the expressions of Goethe and Nietzsche, the great spirits of human history, he explains how poetry influences our lives and shares anecdotes about the beloved poem "Island."

Using the expressions of Goethe and Nietzsche, the great spirits of human history, he explains how poetry influences our lives and shares anecdotes about the beloved poem "Island."

Lesson 3

08:26

Poetry, Childhood, Nature (1)

A must-have for a poet who wants to write good work! What is the source of inspiration for poet Chong Hyon-jong to produce such works full of vitality?

A must-have for a poet who wants to write good work! What is the source of inspiration for poet Chong Hyon-jong to produce such works full of vitality?

Lesson 4

10:03

Poetry, Childhood, Nature (2)

A utopia which mankind have sought since ancient times is in us?! He talks about that moment when something ignites and becomes a poem

A utopia which mankind have sought since ancient times is in us?! He talks about that moment when something ignites and becomes a poem

Lesson 5

11:46

The Beauty of Living a Life

Find out what creative efforts you have to make to make our painful lives worth living.

Find out what creative efforts you have to make to make our painful lives worth living.

Lesson 6

10:26

“Light-Language”, “Feather-Language”

Poet Chong Hyon-jong loves the wonders of everything! He shares his valuable experience in hopes that future poets will experience them.

Poet Chong Hyon-jong loves the wonders of everything! He shares his valuable experience in hopes that future poets will experience them.

Lesson 7

10:11

Poets Loved by a Poet

Korean and International poets who have mesmerized Chong Hyon-jong. What kind of charms do these works have?

Korean and International poets who have mesmerized Chong Hyon-jong. What kind of charms do these works have?

Lesson 8

05:22

Poetry and Translation

Chong Hyon-jong has translated many of the works of his favorite poets. He explains what he puts into most consideration when translating poems.

Chong Hyon-jong has translated many of the works of his favorite poets. He explains what he puts into most consideration when translating poems.

Lesson 9

02:46

Outro <There’s Not a Lot of Time to Love>

How can one turn a story into a good poem? How should one truly enjoy poems?

How can one turn a story into a good poem? How should one truly enjoy poems?

Lesson 10

05:23

Epilogue: Poem and Poetry Recitation <In Praise of Thunder>

"In Praise of Thunder" is a poem that Chong Hyon-jong likes to recite. Listen to an anecdote about the mysterious energy this poem has.

"In Praise of Thunder" is a poem that Chong Hyon-jong likes to recite. Listen to an anecdote about the mysterious energy this poem has.

Recommended to

Those who want to become poets

Those who want to hear Chong Hyon-jong's poems read out loud by the poet himself

People who want to know why poetry translation is difficult and what needs to be kept in mind to achieve an ideal translation

Those who want to know the stories behind Chong Hyon-jong's major poetic works

MASTER STORY

'Meeting someone in life is / Something that's actually astonishing.'

'I want to cross over to that island.'

'There's not a lot of time to love.'

 

You may not enjoy the genre of poetry but the lines introduced earlier might be familiar.

 

Poet Chong Hyon-jong's works such as <That Every Moment Is a Flower Bud>, <Island>, <A Visitor>, etc. have touched our emotions with new feelings over the generation.

 

Chong Hyon-jong who made his debut through Contemporary Literature in 1965 won the Yeonam Literary Award in 1990 with <A Flimsy Sadness Crowded with People>, the Yi Sang Literary Award with <Blossom> in 1992, the Contemporary Literature Award with <A Tiger on My Shoulder> in 1995, Daesan Literary Awards with <Trees of the World> in 1996, and the Midang Literary Awards <I Can't Stand It> in 2001.  

 

He also taught numerous writers at universities. His students include novelist Song Sokze, poet Ra Heeduk, and poet Gi Hyeong-do(deceased).  

 

Chong Hyon-jong emphasizes the need to present well-fermented poetry to the world, rather than poems that are uttered on the spur of the moment.

 

His ViBLE contains his philosophy on poetry which he has accumulated for the past 55 years.

 

Time with Chong Hyon-jong, who is still stimulated by all things, will be a valuable opportunity to awaken the soul of poets to create a "well-written" poem, and for bringing out poetry hidden in all of us. 

Q & A

Q. What do you think is the essence of 'poetry'?

According to my—let's say poetic theory—one of the main things about poetry is that it addresses lightness. Art, I say, does the job of freeing us from the heaviness and freeing us from such earthly burdens. Poetry is what makes our hearts light, fly, and soar up. That's what we go through when we read poetry, and that's what good poems do. To give our spirits wings and to make them soar into the sky.

Q. Should a poet who writes good works have innate talent?

As one of the things I always say, childhood is the source of someone's artistic talent. Everything you touch and eat. Nature that you explore through your senses such as touch, taste, sight, etc. I think that those days probably implanted some vividness or vitality of something like that in me. So, what makes a good work is what the person experienced as a child. The things that happened at that time will become the root of that person's soul. You combine that with experiences and learnings in life and, that is what becomes the source of well-written poetry. (Revisit the meaning while listening to his reciting of the poem <Song in Honor of the Fountain>)

Q. They say that there is a poem that you recite often. Which poem is that?

There are works that I read out loud relatively often. They are poems that are particularly musical and rhythmical. When reading poems aloud, the main focus should not be on delivering the meaning of the poems, but it should be the reading aloud itself. That means the essence is not the meaning, but it should be the person's voice, intonation, rhythm, and expression because seeing these things is more important when watching someone read aloud. One of the things I often say is that even poorly written poems can turn into great pieces of work if recited well. And that means a magnificent piece of work might not shine well if recited poorly. I think that is the nature of reading aloud. (Feel the rhythmic rhyme through the reading of <In Praise of Thunder>)

Q. Is there a specific way you wanted the readers to receive your poetry, or is there a message you wanted to tell?

That cannot be said. The same is true of all poetry, not just mine, but other people's works as well. To all work, there is always more to it than when it was first created. I think it's almost infinite. However, if the author defines the meaning or the purpose, it limits this possibility of something becoming infinite. So, that should remain unspoken. What's the use of writing a poem if no one reads it? Not only reading but also being moved or liking it. There is nothing more enjoyable than that.

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