February 25, 2009 8:17 AM Subscribe
"He was sentenced to death after the military coup in 1980, a few months later he was pardoned but put under house arrest. While under arrest, he began to write a collection of poems; the aim of which was to create portraits of all the people he had ever met in his life
, or Ten Thousand Lives
]. To date, 26 volumes from the ongoing collection have been published
. Meet Ko Un
. Ex-Buddhist Monk
and one of South Korea's greatest poets.