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Sijo Masters in Translation

Korean Sijo by Pak Hyogwan

(1781 - 1880)

A noted singer, composer and artist, Pak enjoyed an active life span of 99 years. He was a noted poet in the closing years of the Choson dynasty. With his disciple An Minyong he edited the Kagok-Wonryu, one of the three classic sijo anthologies. His pen name was Un-ae (Cloudy Cliff).

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In dreams I yearn

In dreams I yearn to come to you in a cricket's spirit.
In this endless autumn night I'll spring into your darkened room,
wake you from your singular sleep, and murmur of my longing.

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