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인생 보고서

인생  보고서
Original work 生平報告
Author Wu Sheng
Translator 김상호
Publisher (주)바움커뮤니케이션
Publication year 2014
   Page 334
Language Korean
ISBN/ISSN 978-89-94949-27-7
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Wu Sheng, the pen name of Wu Sheng-hsiung, born in 1944, is a poet and social activist. He started writing poetry at the age of 16. After graduating from college, he returned to his hometown to teach in high school and began to compose poems which deal with peasant life and agricultural issues, revealing his deep attachment and love for his homeland. In the 1970s when the function of literature was vigorously debated in the literary circle, his work became the archetype of nativist literature devoted to representing the subaltern and reflecting the problems of Taiwanese economic development. This collection of Wu Sheng’s 100 poems, the oldest of which date back to 1959, not only shows his poetic achievement but also documents the political, economic, and cultural changes of Taiwanese society. Instead of complicated lexicon and syntax, Wu’s poetry employs plain and even colloquial language, presenting the rustic figures and their lives in the agricultural village in a tone of storytelling. Apart from rich images he draws from rural Taiwan, his poetry often entails a critique of capitalism and political power that have devastated the countryside and environment. His daughter Wu Yin-ning is also a writer and social activist committed to the protection and sustainability of Taiwanese agriculture and environment.

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