Han Yong-un was the first modern young man to be born in 1879, right after ports were opened by the Treaty of Ganghwa Island (1876). When Silence of Lover was published in the 1920s, Han Yong-un was a representative of the older generation. If Silence of Lover is regarded as love poetry, it can be said that the poem shows difference from the love poems of youth at the time. This Difference can be said to show the pluralism of the layers of modernity.
This paper aims to elucidate Han Yong-un’s modern project, deviating from the standard approach of cultural history research that sees Silence of Lover love poetry as the backlash of the older generation. For this purpose, the point where Han Yong-un’s poems “Causality” and “Freedom Chastity” meet Kant’s concept of antinomy and freedom were reviewed. As a result, it was discovered that the modern intellect of East Asia tried to properly recognize and overcome modernity through Buddhism as a medium.