This essay aims to examine the history of interpretation of Koran modern poetry appeared in the Journal, Korean Language and Literature which the Korean Language and Literature Society has published for 50 years. This Journal contains 204 articles on Korean modern poetry. The main purpose of this essay is to overview them, and to survey the trend and urgent problems in the studies of Korean modern poetry.
First, this essay analyzed general research trends in the sphere of Korean modern poetry by database working. On this base, the various objects of study and the research methodologies are categorized. Second, the meaningful research achievements in each category was introduced. In this process, the main question at issue was suggested about the studies of Korean modern poetry, especially connected with the changes in Korean modern poetry and its educational circumstance.
Last, several proposals about the future Korean poetry research were made：“diversification of objects of study”,“more challenging research viewpoint”and “the sharing of critical mind about public reader's reception of modernpoetry”.