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A city in Radicalism with Japanese poets in the 1960s

Rheem, Yong-Tack 1

1인하대학교

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ABSTRACT

The 1960s was a period of topical transition from post-war poetry to modern poetry in the 1950s. In a period of turbulence, most representatively the “Fight of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty,” poets who appeared in the 60s released their poetical energy actively through their choice and concentration of language. The atmosphere of the 60s, or the so-called “radical (radicalism),” can simply be perceived by the names of representative poetical magazines, such as 『Bouso』, 『X』, 『Kyouku』, and 『Doramukan』. The prosody pursued by them comes down to the poetry of the linguistic subject from the existing subject of the poet. Specifically, poetry is naturally composed only of lingual media, and in this process, it pursues surreal techniques that travel across both the normal and abnormal through infinite growth in vocabulary, a sense of originality, and free association. This stands out in the poems related to the city. You can hardly find cities as daily living spaces for existing ordinary people; they are described as complex symbolic spaces where death and life—and despair and hope—intersect. For poets in the 1960s, cities were a great poetic subject and theme for their new rhetoric and “language experiments.”

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