Yi Sang (1910–1937) was a poet, fiction writer, architect, and painter during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Formally audacious and remarkably compelling, Yi Sang’s works were uniquely situated amid the literary experiments of world literature in the early twentieth century and the political upheaval of 1930s Japanese occupied Korea. As Joyelle McSweeney has remarked, his poetry "seemed to deny the prerogatives of the mundane world while being saturated with the alienation and horror of the Occupation." Today, Yi Sang's work endures as one of the great revolutionary legacies of modern Korean literature.
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