[KS] " Chosun, Be Aware! " Ballad of a Shrimp Crushed by Warring Wales

Werner Sasse werner_sasse at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 1 09:44:51 EDT 2012





Thank you, great. 
to 1) Now I understand. I had overlooked the stave rhyme, and now I thoroughly agree, it makes the song really powerful. Learned something, you made my day.
to 2) any idea, how wide-spread this "family baby talk" is? Does it go into folk songs more often? I have never heared this form in speech or must have missed it.
to 3) agreed, there is this pattern in the 1st two lines of this one. But generally this is not a strict pattern. The syllable count in these units in other sijo shows greater flexibility than in the gasa. In gasa the pattern goes over many, many double lines and is adhered to. In sijo there is a much greater variation. Fixing the syllables of whatever number to the melody and the rhythm is the art of performace of a sijo singer. 
Maybe the close fit of the 1st two lines of 태산이 높다하되  to the gasa and folk song rhythm is one reason for the popularity of this one?
to 4) Can anyone else help to find the tune? I am really interested and would love to have it.BestWerner Sasse

Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:04:15 -0500
Subject: Re: [KS] " Chosun, Be Aware! " Ballad of a Shrimp Crushed by Warring Wales
From: almakoreana at gmail.com
To: koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
CC: werner_sasse at hotmail.com

1. RhymeI wanted to point out that the two bold letters in each line produce same sound effects making the ballard more potent.
             조선아 조심해라!"   " Chosun, Be Aware! "        



            미국을 믿지 말고,    Don't Believe America,
            소련에 속지 마라!    Don't Be Cheated by Russia!     
            조선아 조심해라,     Chosun, Be Aware, 




            일본은 일어선다!     Japan Will Rise Again!                 
            조선아 조심해자,     Chosun, Be Alert,




            중국에 중화될라!    China May Absorb You!
2. '해자' to read '하자"
'해자' is Baby Talk of my family!
3.  3-4, 3-4 Pattern in Sijo(시조) or Gasa(가사)   
 I was thinking of this Sijo when I said 3-4, 3-4 patterns.         

'태산이 높다 하되' 하늘 아래 뫼이로다
'오르고 또 오르면' 못 오를리 없건마는
사람이 제 아니 오르고 뫼만 높다 하더라                                            태산이 높다하되 - 양사언                            
4. Tune
I do not have one.
Thanks,
Yoo Kwang-On







On Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 8:07 PM, Werner Sasse><werner_sasse at hotmail.comwrote:






Just a little carping
 
 "the ballad rhymes perfectly in Korean line by line. " - I did not find the rhymes... What exactly did you have in mind? Rhyming does anyway seem to be of minor importance in Korean poetry. At least end-rhymes do not work because of the gammar endings, and I did not find any other rhymes in the text. Or did you read the verbforms in the last two line in the traditional sijo way 해자 --> 하이지, 될라 --> 도일라?





By the way: 해자...? I need some help here.  
 
"Also the 3-4, 3-4 pattern matches the familiar Korean Sijo(시조) form." You probably meant Gasa, not Sijo. A 3-4, 3-4 pattern is characteristic of Gasa, not Sijo, and so is the semantic parallelism in the list. And this kind of list is another characteristic feature of Gasa, and of folk songs (sic!)and Muga. 





 
Nice ballad. Do you know the tune? Best, Werner SasseDate: Sat, 30 Jun 2012 04:46:52 -0500
From: almakoreana at gmail.com





To: koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws
Subject: [KS] " Chosun,	Be Aware! " Ballad of a Shrimp Crushed by Warring Wales

Hello All, 





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). 








The ballad reflects the exact geopolitical situation Korea had been facing for centuries. 










                               








                                  "CHOSUN, BE AWARE!"








  BALLAD OF A SHRIMP CRUSHED BY WARRING WHALES

                                      "조선아 조심해라!"   " Chosun, Be Aware! "        








            미국을 믿지 말고,    Don't Believe America,
            소련에 속지 마라!    Don't Be Cheated by Russia!     









            조선아 조심해라,     Chosun, Be Aware, 
            일본은 일어선다!     Japan Will Rise Again!                 









            조선아 조심해자,     Chosun, Be Alert,
             중국에 중화될라!    China May Absorb You!









             ( Last two lines were added later.)



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. 









            

                        		 	   		  


 		 	   		  
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