|Revised Romanization||Yun Dong-ju|
Yun Dong-ju was the eldest son among the 4 children of his father Yun Yeong-seok and his mother Kim Yong. As a child he was called "Haehwan" (해환, 海煥). On December 27, 1941 at the age of 23 years, 11 months, 27 days, he graduated from Yeonhui Technical School, which later became Yonsei University. He had been writing poetry from time to time, and chose 19 poems to publish in a collection he intended to call "Sky, Wind, Star, and Poem" (하늘과 바람과 별과 시), but he was unable to get it published.
In 1942, he went to Japan and entered the English literature department of Rikkyo University in Tokyo, before moving to Doshisha University in Kyoto six months later. On July 14, 1943, he was arrested as a thought criminal by the Japanese police and detained at the Kamogawa Police Station in Kyoto. The following year, the Kyoto regional court sentenced him to two years of prison on the charge of having participated in the Korean independence movement. He was imprisoned in Fukuoka, where he died in February 1945.
In November 1968, Yonsei University and others established an endowment for the Yun Tong-ju Poetry Prize.
Sky, Wind, Star and Poem
In January 1948, 31 of his poems were published by Jeongeumsa, together with an introduction by fellow poet Chong Ji-yong; this work was also titled Sky, Wind, Star, and Poem. His poetry gave a huge impact. In 1976, Yun's relatives collected his other poems and added at the third edition of the book. The poems that are enlisted in the this edition (116 in total) is considered to be most of Yun's works.
In a 1986 survey, he was selected as 'the most popular poet among the youths'. To this day, he is still one of the most popular and most beloved poets of all time in Korea.