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Poems by Ko Un
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Ko Un was a witness to the devastation of the Korean War. He volunteered for the People's Army, but was rejected because he was underweight.

He became a Zen Buddhist monk in the 1950s, and returned to secular life sometime in the 1960s.

Ko Un became an activist opposing the harsh and arbitrary rule of South Korea's president, President Park Chung-hee. His dissident activities led to several terms of imprisonment and torture.

The democratization of South Korea in the late 1980s finally gave Ko Un the freedom to travel to other countries, including a visit to the United States and make a spiritual journey through India.

He married in 1985 and had a daughter.

Poems by Ko Un

Recommended Books: Ko Un

What?: 108 Zen Poems Ten Thousand Lives The Three Way Tavern: Selected Poems Little Pilgrim: A Novel Flowers of a Moment

Related Links

Ko Un - Wikipedia

Very brief biography, but with some good links.

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Another biography online.

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Ko Un's official web site, with biographical information, bibliography, photographs, and more.

A Full Biography of Ko Un

A fairly detailed biography by Ko Un's translator, Brother Anthony.

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Several poems by Ko Un.

Ko Un's Place in Modern Korean Poetry

An in depth article by Choi Won-shik

Ko Un's Ten Thousand Lives

A selection of poems from Ko Un's collection, Ten Thousand Lives/Maninbo

Words Without Borders: Ko Un

Several poems by Ko Un.
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