22 Dec 2011

About Ha Seung-Moo(하승무)

Ha Seung-Moo(하승무) is a Korean poet in Australia. Reverend Ha Seung-Moo a citizen of South Korea, born on 13 October 1963 at Sacheon City, Gyeongsangnam-do province, is an ordained Presbyterian minister.

By the end of 8th grade, Ha was interest to the modern literature, motivated by a book seller who visited the school and he purchased a whole series books of Korean modern literatures. Since then, through the reading of the literatures his speculation was expanded in the letters and writings. In this process, he began to question on the being of humanity and "din an sich," thing itself. During the senior high years, Ha's spiritual journey continued, pursuing truth and meaning of life and human being in Buddhism, Hinduism and other major religious thoughts. In this spiritual journey, he read many western philosophical classics.

Ha was attracted by the works of Carl Gustav Jung(26 July 1875~6 June 1961), Immanuel Kant(22 April 1724 ~ 12 February 1804), Søren Kierkegaard(5 May 1813 ~ 11 November 1855). From this works, Ha has experienced spiritual progress recognizing the importance and meaning of human existence, and the 'despair' of Kierkegaard and the 'reason' of Kant became no more serious issue to this life and study. At end of the 12th grade year, Ha had a mystical religious experience. In a midnight Ha show hell and a splendor in a state of ecstasy. This experience remained him what he learned at church's Sunday school, made him to confess that God is the only answer to his quest for the meaning of the human existence. Immediately after this experience, Ha became a Christian and his spiritual journey seeking the meaning of the life and human being was stopped.

Since then, Ha began to write poems. The Han-Kyoreh Literature (한겨레문학), a well known monthly journal, selected Ha as the poet of the year in 1994. This recognition was based upon his poet Recollections of Homo sapiens (호모사피엔스의 기억) which he wrote at freshman year of the college. Ph.D. Yoon Kyung-Soo(1934~), professor of Busan University of Foreign Studies, a reviewer of letters and literature and Poet Park Jae-Sam(10 April 1933 ~ 8 June 1997), a well known poet, recommended Ha to the monthly journal for selection. Ha's poetic talents met difficulties to be well known to public, because the conflicts of Korean literature society.

However, Poet Park Jae-Sam, a representative poet of Korea, evaluates and says that "Ha's poets are insightful, contradictorily presenting the life and death, reality and ideality, metaphysics and concrete physical science. Contemplation and reflection are dominated in his works. Dr.Yoon continues to interprets of Ha's works, saying "Ha's super-aesthetic poets show his poetic genius brilliancy, in order to understand his works, requires understanding of religion and aesthetic symbols."

Professor Yoon Kyung-Soo, reviewer of letters and literatures, says that "the impressive elements of Ha's poets are deepening the surrealism of the well know poet of Lee Sang (Kim Hae-gyeong. August 20, 1910 ~ April 17, 1937). Ha's style of poetry has been influenced by his mystical experience and spiritual journey seeking meaning of reality which brought his conversion to Christian faith."

Ha, after his reading the Auguries of Innocence by William Blake(28 November 1757 ~ 12 August 1827), an English Romantic poet and painter, he aims his poetical tendency to the Blake's style.
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