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A Korean poem from Manhae Han Yong-un, translated by Doc Rock

This is a lovely poem translated by Doc Rock on his blog entitled Longing.

Separation is beauty’s creation.
Separation’s beauty is in the intangible yellow-gold of
morning and the textureless black silk of evening
and eternal life’s deathlessness and even in the
unwithering sky’s blue blossoms lacking.

You.

If it were not for separation, I would be
unable to die in tears and live again in laughter.
Oh, oh! Separation.
Beauty is separation’s creation.

Manhae Han Yong-un

이별은 美의 創造이별은 美의 創造입니다.이별의 美는 아침의 바탕 없는 황금과 밤의 올 없는 검은비단과 죽음 없는 永遠의 生命과 시들지 않는 하늘의 푸른 꽃에도없습니다.
님이여, 이별이 아니면 나는 눈물에서 죽었다가 웃음에서 다시살아날 수가 없습니다.
오오, 이별이여.美는 이별의 創造입니다.
만해 한룡운 萬海 韓龍雲

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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