Between Islands

Between Islands
Original work 島與島之間
Author Lee Kuei-shien
Translator Simon Patton
Publisher Pacific View Press
Publication year 2005
   Page 64
Language English
ISBN/ISSN 1-881896-28-5
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Lee spent much of his early life in Tamsui, where his family had farmed the land for generations. As high school boy, he already managed to achieve the early success as a poet. His first poem appeared in a literary monthly, Wild Wind, in 1953. In 1958, he graduated from the Taipei Institute of Technology. In 2002, he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Lee’s early work was broadly modern in conception and characterized by the combination of intricately intense emotions and imageries that are evocative rather than descriptive. In a poem such as Between Islands he aims to transform literal reality in accordance with the promptings and fleeting impulses of his subjective view, a view most inspired by the "in between" region of things, like the violin bow in Rilke’s poem "Love Song" which creates new associations by drawing "one voice out of two separate strings." is also an illustration to Lee’s ingenuous use of metaphors.

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