Noh Cheonmyeong

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Noh.
Noh Cheonmyeong
Born September 2, 1912
Died December 10, 1957(1957-12-10) (aged 45)
Language Korean
Nationality South Korean
Ethnicity Korean
Citizenship South Korean
Alma mater Ewha Womans University
Period 1932-1960
Korean name
Hangul 노천명

Noh Cheongmyeong (Hangul: 노천명) was an early-modern South Korean Poet.[1]


Noh Cheonmyeong was born on September 2, 1912 in Hwanghae-do, Korea.[2] In 1934 Noh graduated with a B.A. in English from Ewha Womans University. Noh was a participant in the Drama Arts Society and a reporter for several newspapers including the Choson Chungang Ilbo, Maeil Shinbo, Seoul Shinmun, and Punyo Shinmun. Noh also worked as a lecturer at Sorabol Arts College, Ewha Womans University, and Kookmin University. Noh died in 1957.[3]

During the Korean War, Noh was convicted of being involved in anti-government activities and was given twenty years in jail. After the efforts of writers Kim Gwangseop and Lee Heongu, Noh was released after serving six months.[4]


Noh made her literary debut with publication of her poem, "Nae cheongchunui baeneun" in Siwon. Her posthumous collection, Songs of Deer was published in 1958, and in 1960, her family published the Collected Works of Noh Chon-myong.[5]

The Literature Institute of Korea summarizes Noh's contributions to Korean Literature:

Noh's first collection of poems, Coral Forest (Sanhorim), Noh evokes a world of nostalgia through carefully framed recollections of her childhood. Pieces such as “Self-portrait”(Jahwasang) and “Deer” (Saseum) are existential explorations of solitude. Her second collection, Changbyeon, which was published after Korean independence from Japan, expanded upon the themes in her Coral Forest melancholy, solitude, love and nostalgia and is often considered an extension of her first collection. Both volumes are characterized by a lyrical intertwining of solitude and nostalgia in simple, delicate language. The poems at once delineate the solitary space where connection with another is impossible and express a kind of anti-nostalgia in the hopes of transcending the past.[5]

Works in Korean (Partial)[edit]

  • A Forest of Coral ( Self-published, 1938)
  • By the Window (Maeil Shinbo-sa, 1945)
  • Gazing at the Stars (Huimang Publisher, 1953)
  • Songs of Deer (Hallim-sa, 1958)
  • Collected Works of Chon-myong (Chonmyongsa, 1960)


  1. ^ "Noh Cheongmyeong" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at:
  2. ^ "Naver Search". Naver. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Lee, Kyung-ho (1996). "Noh Chon-Myong". Who's Who in Korean Literature. Seoul: Hollym. pp. 357–359. ISBN 1-56591-066-4. 
  4. ^ "Noh Cheonmyeong" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at:
  5. ^ a b Source-attribution|"Noh Cheonmyeong" LTI Korea Datasheet available at LTI Korea Library or online at: