Moon Deoksu (Hangul: 문덕수) is an early-modern Korean poet.
3 Works in Translation
4 Works in Korean (Partial)
Moon Deoksu was born December 8, 1928 in Haman South Gyeongsang Province, Korea. Moon graduated from Hongik University, attended Tsukuba University, and graduate school at Korea University, resulting in a Ph.D. in Literature. He has worked for the Magazine, Shidan and served in many organizations including ast President of the Poetry Second of the Korean LIterature Association; President of the Modern Poet's Association; Vice Director of the Korean Literature Association; Director, Vice President, and President of the Korean branch of P.E.N.; Representative of the Korean Committee for the International Poets's Union, and; As President of the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation. Moon has also taught at Jeju and Hongik University, and served as a Dean of the College of Education at the latter.
Moon's pen names are Simsan and Cheongtae. Recommended by Yoo Chihwan, he made his literary debut in 1955 with his “Silence” (Chimmuk), “Foil” (Hwaseok) and “In the Wind” (Baram sogeseo) published in Contemporary Literature (Hyeondae munhak).
The Literature Translation Institute of Korea describes his work
Moon’s poetry can be divided into three categories according to the time of their composition. In his early collections, Entrancement (Hwanghol) and Line and Dimension (Seon, Gonggan), he depicts the workings and the nature of the human mind and creativity in a unrestrained style of free association, and occasionally automatic writing. The second category consists of the poems in the collections The Sea at Dawn (Saebyeok bada), Everlasting Flower Field (Yeongwonhan kkotbat), and Only We Who Survived Greet June (Saranameun urideulmani dasi Yuworeul maja). Here, he severely criticizes the aspects of contemporary civilization which allowed for the proliferation of immorality, conformism, standardization, simplification, and absurdities that in turn have brought about general dehumanization.
The final, third category includes his last publications, the collections Making Bridges (Dari noki), Reducing Little by Little (Jogeumssik jurimyeonseo), The Mist of Your Words (Geudae malsseumui angae) and Allegro for Encounter (Mannameul wihan allegeuro). He combines conservative themes and concerns with literary experiments to produce an original, effective critique of civilization, nature, and ossified poetic forms. Moon openly rejects black-and-white logic, especially when confronting literature; he work is characterized by restlessness and a thirst for innovation. Moon has been highly praised for crafting sophisticated forms to capture the nature of psychological sentiments and for having employed language as a material with which to build entities rather than empty, merely reflective symbols. He has published, in addition to volumes of poetry, theoretical works such as Understanding Contemporary Literature (Hyeondae munhagui ihae), Theory of Contemporary Korean Poetry (Hyeondae hanguk siron), A Study of Modernism in Korea (Hanguk modeonijeum yeongu), and Reality and Humanist Literature (Hyeonsil gwa hyumeonijeum munhak).
Works in Translation
The Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (한국현대시선)
Drawing Lines (문덕수 시선)
Works in Korean (Partial)
Line and Dimension
The Sea at Dawn
Everlasting Flower Field
Only We Who Survived Greet June
Reducing Little by Little
The Mist of Your Words
Allegro for Encounter
Criticism and Theory
Understanding Contemporary Literature
Theory of Contemporary Korean Poetry
A Study of Modernism in Korea
Reality and Humanist Literature
Hyundai Munhak Literary Prize (1974)
Culture and Arts Prize of the Republic of Korea (1970)
Award of Korea Publishers School (1981)
Presidential Order of Merit for Education (1983)
P.E.N. Korea Literary Award (1985)
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