As You Are the Flower of Today
Kim Ye-won, a storyteller of youth in collaboration with Na T’ae-ju
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Literature appeals to modern people who suffer from constant fatigue and stress, as it provides a healing experience with empathy. Here is Kim Ye-won (Department of English Education, '18) who recently published her book of essays, You Are the Flower of Today, which builds upon the famous poet Na T’ae-ju’s poetry.
You Are the Flower of Today is a book that consists of Kim’s essays along with Na’s literary work and illustration. Na is a poet who is well-known for his poem Flower. The essayist delineated Na’s poems through her lens, expressing her own emotions and experiences.
“Literature is always there whenever you need it,” stated Kim. The essayist wrote down her experience of consolation after appreciating Na’s poems. “I wanted to deliver a positive impact to my readers,” said Kim. “Just like what I received from Na’s poems.” The collaboration of the two co-authors gives a sense of kinship beyond the age gap of 50 years.
Kim’s works are mostly based on her experiences as a Hanyang student. “Hanyang is where I cultivated my set of values,” recalled Kim. In particular, what the English Education graduate learned in her English literature courses has influenced her response to literature. “I went beyond understanding meaning, associating literature to my life,” said the author.
People have no choice but to live in the wheel of everyday life. Kim flashed back to her experience when preparing for the teacher certification examination. What Kim did was to make a slight change. “A shift of viewpoint provided new value to the obvious,” said Kim. “It was an opportunity to realize the importance of things that we take for granted.”
“Although a literary work is written by a certain author,” said the essayist, “what the piece reflects is everyone’s story.” Kim stated that every life deserves respect and acceptance. The co-writer added that everyone is doing a big job as they influence one another. Kim seeks to encourage everyone who is living their today through You Are the Flower of Today.
The essayist—who has just finished her maiden work—admitted that it is not an easy job to publish a book of her own. However, Kim stated that she received more energy by communicating with the readers through SNS. The writer showed her will to publish a new book in the future.
Youth is not a time of life, but a state of mind. Kim's essays are providing value in everyday life overcoming the agony of youth.
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Photos by Oh Kyu-jin
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