Posted January. 04, 2018 08:51,
Updated January. 04, 2018 09:39
“The offense in leper……/ What an egregious punishment it is.” (Punishment, 1973)
The book “Going over the Life of Han Ha-un and Literature: Leprosy and Left, A song of life that goes beyond the exclusion of doubleness” was recently published. The book provides an in-depth review over the life and literary world of Poet Han Ha-un (original name Han Tae-yeong, 1920-1975), who expressed the sorrow of a divine punishment called Hansen’s disease.
The book is comprised of research material related to the poet at the Bupyeong Historical Museum in Incheon City, where poet Han Ha-un resided from 1949 until the day he passed away. In his first work “I, Han Ha-un the Poet,” Han released 12 poems in a monthly magazine called “Sincheonji.” A monument in honor of the poet was established in Baekun Park in Incheon in December last year.
Han Ha-un, who was born in Hamju, South Hamgyong Province, founded Seonghyewon and Sinmyeong orphanage, and looked after patients with the same disease and continued his literary work.
Professor Jeong Woo-taek of Korean Language and Literature at Sungkyunkwan University, Chairman Choi Won-sik of the Writers Association of Korea, Professor Park Yeon-hui of the Studies in Korean Literature at Dongguk University and Professor Choi Ok-san of University of International Business and Economics in China participated in the newly published book.
The book made comments as follows: “Han Ha-un, who once had gone through hardships as he was seen as a leftist because of an expression he used in his poem ‘Demo,’ which demonstrated the oppression leprosy patients felt. He was indeed the first poet of humble position in the world of poetry.”