Poetic Imagination and Self-Image in Haizi’s Poems
Haizi, who ended his life with suicide on the railroad at the age of 25, is a poet who implemented his unique poetic world alone without belonging to any of the existing Chinese poetry schools in the 1980s.
The process that Haizi reveals self-inside through a poetic work is rather to hide self-inside paradoxically, too. Accordingly, even a work of figuring out the real intention, which is hidden in poetic dictions that he selected, will be meaningful. In this sense, this study tried to inquire into the poetic imagination and self-image that were revealed in poetry focusing on 『Spring, Haizi of 10People』, which is a work of having his name as topic, with having been written at the time of suicide, among Haizi's many poetic works. In addition, it figured out Haizi's private conscious world through analyzing the poem titled 『Facing the sea with spring blossoms』, which was created ahead of death same as 『Spring, Haizi of 10 People』. Thus, the aim was to look back on significance of his death and to broaden the width of understanding about Haizi's poetry.
As for Haizi, the death can be regarded as the completion of 'performance,'which is a kind of Haizi's own final art form. Hence, Haizi's suicide needs to be seen from the perspective dubbed the continuity of creation through this performance, not the discontinuance of creation caused by 'intended death' that the poet himself selected.
In the wake of pursuing the poetic world of a gifted poet Haizi, who died early, that this study examined, there will be any poet of Korea who is recalled naturally. One poet will be first recalled Yi Sang, who is a poet and a novelist of having been broadly known. Another poet is overlapped Gi Hyeong-do, who had been active as a poet and a journalist of having been dead after living in the similar period to Haizi.
A comparative analysis among works by these Korean and Chinese poets has similarity beyond the temporal space. A research on this is thought to have value of being considered a little more deeply and generally hereafter. Still, this study mentioned only possibility of a comparative research on this.