Old Poetry Gathered into a Book
Pak Dong-uk's (Korean Language & Literature) new book, No Flower Better than You
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People say that being a parent is a whole new experience that brings so many unexperienced emotions and thoughts into one's life. Professor Pak Dong-uk (Korean Language & Literature) felt the same as any other father. With his son being born at a relatively late age for him, he was mesmerized by the feelings the little one gave him. He did not stop there but put his overflowing feelings into poem and searched more vigorously through old Korean poems written about family and being a father. Pak recently published his third book on the subject, No Flower Better that You.
It has been seven years since my daughter has been born,
I can’t let her go out the doors now.
A crow reminds you playing with ink,
And a bracken reminds of your small hands picking up chestnuts.
You wouldn’t have gotten used to getting ready in the morning with your mother.
Who would comfort you when you cry for dad at night?
Just wait child, for I will hug you the first thing I get back home,
Even before I get my coats off.
<Thinking of my daughter>, Jo Wee-han
Pak himself defines a father as "a person who does not fall." He remarked that he feels so much more responsibility to his family and that having a child has widened his perspective of the world. “I now treat my students differently, because I keep thinking how precious they must be to their own parents.”
Kim So-yun firstname.lastname@example.org
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