[Sophy Chen Translated & Reported From Chinese]
The Great Poetry Master Fallen!
The Literary World “Bright Multicolored Pens” Yu Guangzhong Died at the Age of 90
[Sophy poetry & Translation Website reproduced from Phoenix News, 2017/12/14 Sophy Chen translated and reported]
According to the reports of Taiwan media Eastern News Agency, the poet Yu Guangzhong, died in Kaohsiung Hospital at the age of 90. At noon, the Kaohsiung Hospital said Yu’s family members requested confidentiality and did not disclose the disease, but the news was true. And Taiwan Sun Yat-sen University said Yu Guangzhong died at 10:10 this morning, and his family members didn’t want to be disturbed. At first he thought the weather is changing, and the temperature is low, so he went to hospital for a check and then decided to have a rest cure in hospital but he did not expect that he got some minor stroke, with his lung infected, and then he was transferred to the intensive care unit; His daughters who live abroad also rushed back from abroad, and they refused to be interviewed, As a results only one day, this Literary World “Bright Multicolored Pens” died, whose many works selected in textbooks, and his relatives and literary friends are very sad.
Yu Guangzhong, praised by literary master Liang Shih-ch’iu as “the right hand writing poetry, left hand writing prose, and others without high achievement as him at the time,” has some achievements in literature such as modern poetry, modern prose, translation and commentary. Before graduation in English department in college, he submitted poems to literary journals for publishing and published his poetry collection entitled “Sad Songs of Zhouzi” after he was appreciated by Liang Shih-ch’iu. After graduation, he also co-founded the Blue Star Poetry Club, “Blue Star” magazine which has also become a very influential literary books, with young poets such as Qin Zihao, Zhong Dingwen and Deng Yu-ping.
Mr. Yu Guangzhong engaged in literary creation for more than half of century. Professor Chen Fangming, the professor at the Taiwan Chinese Language Research Center of National University of Governance, praised him as where he is where is the literary center. His well-known poems include Cars Passing by Fangliao, The Green Jade Cabbage, Homesickness, Which were composed into classic pop music by many musicians such as Yang Xian and Li Taixiang. Among them, his prose include My Four Imaginary Enemies, Listen to That Cold Rain, and his translation based on Van Gogh Biography is the most classic and best known.
By Yu Guangzhong
When was a child
Homesickness is a small stamp
I am here
Mother is there
When I grew up
Homesickness is a narrow steamer ticket
I am here
The bride is there
Homesickness is a low grave
I am outside
Mother is inside
Homesickness is a shallow channel of bay
I am here
The mainland is over there
Translated by Sophy Chen 2017.12.14 Guangzhou, China
Yu Guangzhong’s Bio
Yu Guangzhong (1928-2017), is the famous Taiwanese poet, essayist, critic and translator. The land of his ancestors, Yongchun, Fujian, he was born in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. He studied at the Foreign Language Department of Jinling University (later transferred to Xiamen University) and graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages of Taiwan University in 1952. 1959 he got his Master of Arts from the United States Iowa University (LOWA). He has taught at Soochow University, Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan University and Politics University. He is currently the president of Taiwan Sun Yat-sen University. He has won all important awards in Taiwan, including “Wu Sanlian Literature Award”, “China Times Award”, “Golden Tripod Prize” and “National Arts Prize.” He has published over 40 kinds of poetry and translation works.
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