During the Japanese colonial period, Hong Eurn was an independence movement activist, a journalist and an author in the United States. He had kept company with Ahn Changho since 1911. Ahn’s house was located at 106 North Figueroa Street in Los Angeles, CA, and was equipped with Dosan’s Garden at the front of the house. Hong wrote eight pieces of poetries about Dosan’s Garden and released them in The New Korea (Sinhanminbo) which was founded on February 10, 1909. The purpose of this paper is to analyze Hong Eurn’s Poetries about Dosan’s Garden. This paper can be summarized as follows.
Five pieces of poetries among a total of eight ones singing Dosan’s Garden, published during Ahn’s lifetime, were the gasa-style poems in terms of a genre, and presented a deserted Dosan’s Garden that had a desolate look because Ahn stayed in Korea under Japanese colonial rule and that symbolized t he p eople’s wish f or K orean i n depen den ce. T he o ther t hree pieces about Dosan’s Garden published after Ahn’s death could be categorized into two genres (gasa a n d sijo), and expressed the lamentation over the dead and the grief of a survivor who had lost Ahn. Moreover, Hong Eurn’s poetries about Dosan’s Garden have two significances; the poetries shared Ahn’s whereabouts, noble character and the presence of an independence movement activist with the Korean-American community and The New Korea readers based on newspaper publicity, and let him continue the publication of poetries about flowers and trees.