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In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the November–December 2020 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes, the last topic challenge fully in 2020 will be

the works of Ko Un


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main meta post. In short, during November–December 2020 we should all try to read one or more works by Ko Un.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, but those who participate will be forever remembered in the annals of our history. And of course it goes without saying that questions on other works are more than welcome during November and December too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of any of Ko Un's stories or poems and asking good questions about them. These questions should be tagged with and , and either or a specific-work tag for longer works. We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is Eddie Kal's original presentation of this topic challenge, which contains some useful links:

Ko Un is a Korean poet who has remained a top contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Little Pilgrim could be an easy start. Some of his short poems are available online; people can get a taste at Poetry Foundation and on the Brief Poems blog.

What's next?

  • The September-October 2020 topic challenge, Nick Joaquin, is still ongoing. So is the October-November 2020 one, Rabindranath Tagore, starting today.
  • Vote here for the next topic challenge, or propose your own in an answer there!
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List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  1. In Ko Un's short poem "In the very middle of the road", why does the narrator take a different path? by Mithical, 29/11/2020 (2 upvotes, 44 views, no answer).
  2. What's the connection between millennia of time travel and waiting for a bus? by Rand al'Thor, 23/12/2020 (4 upvotes, 315 views, 2 answers, HNQ on 23/12/2020).
  3. Why does isolating "there" on its own line sound less emphatic in Korean than English? by bobble, 23/12/2020 (4 upvotes, 39 views, no answer).
  4. Is there any significance to the lemons and the port in Ko Un's "Asking the Way"? by Rand al'Thor, 24/12/2020 (3 upvotes, 15 views, no answer).
  5. Ko Un's "Around Unmun Temple at Ch'Eongdo" by Rand al'Thor, 28/12/2020 (3 upvotes, 18 views, no answer).
  6. Where is "Keumgang-Gul / Diamond Cave"? by Rand al'Thor, 31/12/2020 (1 upvote, 13 views, no answer).

The highest-voted of these were What's the connection between millennia of time travel and waiting for a bus? and Why does isolating "there" on its own line sound less emphatic in Korean than English?, both with a score of 4 at the end of December.

The most viewed was What's the connection between millennia of time travel and waiting for a bus?, which went HNQ and received approximately 315 views during the months of November and December.

This question also received two answers and was the only one that received any answers.

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