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The Moonlit Pond: Korean Classical Poems in Chinese

Editor: Sung-il Lee
Translated by:
Publisher: , 1998
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From the publisher’s website:

Unlike poetry written in the vernacular, classical Korean poetry was heavily influenced by the great poets of the Tang and Sung dynasties and was written in Chinese, while reflecting a perspective which was uniquely Korean. This is the first and only comprehensive anthology of classical Korean poetry to appear in English.

An Old General
Pak Wi-gyom (mid-15th century)

The white horse neighing in the wind is tied to a willow;
The general’s sword remains in the sheath, for there is no war.
Before he has done his share, he has grown old;
In his dreams, he treads the mountainous front in deep snow.

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