Examining Su-eun(睡隱) Gang Hang(姜沆, 1567~1618)'s <Suwalljung 30 Poems(水月亭30詠)> and <Chihun 8 Poems(癡軒8詠)>, this article aims to enlarge an understanding of Su-eun's poetry. A Su-eun's literary collection, Sueunjip(睡隱集) includes his poems on arbors(52 poems under 14 titles), the poems of which <Suwalljung 30 Poems> and <Chihun 8 Poems> are only written as a series of poems.
First, I examined the context in which <Suwalljung 30 Poems> and <Chihun 8 Poems> were written by consulting Su-eun's two essays, Suwalljung and Chihun. Su-eun wrote <Suwalljung 30 Poems> to encourage Jung Sul(鄭渫) the owner of Suwalljung, who had retired to the country after his political failure. Meanwhile, <Chihun 8 Poems> was written to emphasize an ironic value of ‘silliness[Chi(癡)]’ in Jung Yong(丁鎔)'s life as honesty and sincerity, who was the owner of Chihun and Su-eun's in-law.
Although both <Suwalljung 30 Poems> and <Chihun 8 Poems> are a series of poems that contains a good deal of landscape, there are remarkable differences in the ways in which poems in each series are titled. The titles of the poems in <Suwalljung 30 Poems> vividly describe the landscape of Suwalljung, but the titles in <Chihun 8 Poems> merely present natural objects that imply human nature. As for poetic forms, <Suwalljung 30 Poems> describes the landscape in a well-structured form: Introduction(Poem1)–Body(Poem2~Poem24)–Conclusion(Poem25~Poem30); however, <Chihun 8 Poems> consists of only 2 parts, Body(Poem1~Poem7) and Conclusion (Poem8), in which the described natural elements mirror Sir. Chi(癡翁)'s life.
Then, I looked into poetic styles. <Suwalljung 30 Poems> creates an ideal world that embodies the eternity and constancy of nature, harmony and variety, and human life close to nature. Meanwhile, <Chihun 8 Poems> highlights the significance of ‘silly yet honest life’ in a simple description of natural elements that symbolize fidelity and honor.
Finally, I examined poetic vision of <Suwalljung 30 Poems> and <Chihun 8 Poems>. Su-eun, Jung Sul and Jung Yong, all of them suffered from ‘abandonment’ and returned to ‘nature’ after abandonment. Thus, Su-eun composed the poems for both Jung Sul and Jung Yong in empathy with them and tried to recover his self-esteem by healing his wounds in nature.