Tag Archives: Poetry

False and True Form Combine When the Jade Hare is Captured – Journey to the West, Part 6

We’ve finally reached the final volume of Journey to the West in our series for the year, and it covers chapters 84 through 100.  The first line is rather fun, given how prevalent the idea that Sanzang the monk is … Continue reading

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A White Soul Hangs, A Mirror In the Sky, Reflected Whole in the Mountain Stream – Journey to the West, Part 5

As I cover volume 5 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, the story arc that began in the last chapter of the last volume had Sanzang and his disciples cleaning up the putrid lane … Continue reading

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After Several Lives in the Sea of Suffering She Had Purified the Waves – Journey to the West, Part 2

Now that I am finished working on my Korean textbook, I can catch up on the Literati corner as well.  This post will cover volume 2 of Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 16 through 33.  … Continue reading

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Introducing the New Online Korean Studies Certification Program

As we begin a new year, I have a new project that I’m launching that I hope you’ll find as exciting as I do.  I was thinking about my knowledge base and how I can expand my reach with that … Continue reading

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When An Egg Was Turned Into A Monkey To Complete the Great Way – Journey to the West, Part 1

This year, my Literati Corner selection will be Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en.   I will be splitting it into six parts that will be reviewed in posts between each of my regularly scheduled series.  This novel is at … Continue reading

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Join My Sobs to the Fading Toll of the Bell – Tale of Genji, Part 6

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for since the beginning of the year, the final post in my series on The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shibiku.  If you’ve made it here with me and read all 1,200 … Continue reading

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My Heart Is There in the Sleeve of an Unkind Lady – Tale of Genji, Part 5

We’re in the home stretch in finishing the epic Japanese novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku.  One more post after this, and we’ll have completed our 2016 read along.  Anyone wanting to join me at this late date … Continue reading

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The Grass Which He Reaps For His Pillow Reaps No Dreams – Tale of Genji, Part 2

This post is part two of this year’s main Literati Corner series focusing on the mammoth Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku.  It covers chapters 10 through 21.  Reading assignments and study questions can be found … Continue reading

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Reality Has No More Substance Than The Lucent Dream –– Tale of Genji, Part 1

For the Literati Corner 2016, I’ve selected the mammoth Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shibiku. I’m reading the 1976 translation by Edward G. Seidensticker; you can buy a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Genji-Everymans-Library-Classics-Contemporary/dp/0679417389/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1450032933&sr=8-2 Of course, readers can use … Continue reading

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I Long For My Beloved Far Away at the Edge of an Alien Sky – Classical Korean Poetry, Part 2

This time we’re finishing up Jaihiun Kim’s translation of Classical Korean Poetry. Part V picks up with the 18th century, during which Korea began to Westernize.  Not much is known about poet Hŭisŏk Pak, but his poem is one that … Continue reading

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