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</span></div><div><span style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif">This ballad became very popular among Korean children soon after Japan's surrender(August 15, 1945), Russia's advance to North Korea(August 1945) and America's march into the South(September 1945). </span></div>


<div><span style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br></span></div><div><span style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif">The ballad reflects</span><span style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif"> the exact geopolitical situation Korea had been facing for centuries. </span></div>


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<span style="padding-right:10px">                                  "CHOSUN, BE AWARE!"</span></h1><h1 style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-family:arial,sans-serif;border-right:inherit;background:inherit;font-size:17.27272605895996px;margin:12px 1px 9px 0px;font-weight:normal;padding:0px 0px 0px 8px">



<span style="padding-right:10px">  BALLAD OF A SHRIMP CRUSHED BY WARRING WHALES</span></h1><div style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif"><br>
</div><div style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif">                                   <span style="line-height:16px"><b>   "조</b>선아 <b>조</b>심해라!"   " Chosun, Be Aware!</span><b> "       </b> </div>



<div style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-size:12.727272033691406px;font-family:arial,sans-serif"><p><b>            미</b>국을 <b>믿</b>지 말고,    Don't Believe America,</p><p><b>            소</b>련에 <b>속</b>지 마라!    Don't Be Cheated by Russia!     </p>



<p><b style="line-height:16px">            조</b><span style="line-height:16px">선아 </span><b style="line-height:16px">조</b><span style="line-height:16px">심해라,     Chosun, Be Aware, </span></p><p><b>            일</b>본은 <b>일</b>어선다!     Japan Will Rise Again!                 </p>



<p>            <b style="line-height:16px">조</b><span style="line-height:16px">선아 </span><b style="line-height:16px">조</b><span style="line-height:16px">심해자,     Chosun, Be Alert,</span></p><p>             <b>중</b>국에 <b>중</b>화될라!    China May Absorb You!</p>



<p>             ( Last two lines were added later.)</p><p></p><blockquote type="cite"><p><br></p><p>A few reasons for it's popularity may have been that, the ballad rhymes perfectly in Korean line by line. Also the 3-4, 3-4 pattern matches the familiar Korean Sijo(시조) form. </p>


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