A 30-Volume Poem?

Buried in an otherwise uninspiring article in the Korea Times is this gem:

Among others, poet Ko Un’s “Maninbo” (Ten Thousand Lives) has been completed 23 years after he started writing the popular historical poem in 1986. It will be published early next year over 30 volumes.

He started the monumental poem during his imprisonment with a determination to describe every person he had ever met. “Maninbo” represents one of the major classics of 20th-century Korean literature. Ko has often been nominated for the Nobel Prize.

Holy Cow! That’s a lot of verses and might actually be the kind of achievement that is worthy of nomination for a nobel prize in lit. Ko Un’s homepage is also worth checking out, I give it bonus points for seeming to work perfectly in Firefox.

That’s how you do it!

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