about poem: Sijo
Our life is finite. There are many things we can only do in a certain moment of the life, such as loving, forgiving, giving, helping, etc. Through the poem in the pavilion, I am offering a moment for people to rethink their values about life. In the One Day Poem Pavilion, I delivered a Sijo.
The Sijo is classical Korean poetry that usually explores rustic, metaphysical, and cosmological themes about nature and human life.
The reason why I choose a Sijo is because it has a lot of metaphor. Furthermore, most Sijos donít have titles on them, since Sijo poets believe that a title prevents readers from creative interpretations and experiences.
This character of Sijo is best fit for the One Day Poem Pavilion which conveys each stanza through the Sunís movement so that each visitorís time-based experience allows multiple interpretations of meaning.
The Sijo that I have chosen is written by Kim Ch'on-taek (1725-1766) and speaks about the finite nature of human life.
This poem talks about our finite lives and includes profound questions that allow one to be engaged in the message: each individual can create an experience by thinking and meditating upon the meaning of the poem.