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A Study on the Tragic Aesthetics of Drifting Poets in theLast Period of the Song-Dynasty

노상균 1

1경희대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Literature is the product of a certain era and particular writers and their thoughts and affects are formed due to particular environments. The end of South Song Dynasty was a particular historical period marked by the destructions of the nation and families. In such a historical context, there was a group of writers like Tian-Xiang Wen(文天祥), who held extreme anger and anxiety regarding the destructive social atmosphere. These writers espoused Kongzi's and Mengzi's thoughts such as "sacrificing oneself to preserve one’s integrity" and "seeking justice in spite of losing one's life" and relentlessly produced poems which reflect their pathos on the destruction of the country and personal resentments. Accordingly, this paper analyzed and examined representative works of these migrant poets at the end of the South Song Dynasty into three different categories. These works include the sensitive use of language and the use of direct descriptions in order to express their loyal and in-depth spirits of justice and tragic aesthetics of extreme anger and anxiety. In doing so, these authors became not only role models to those intellectuals and patriots by providing classical literary prototypes but also made readers of their poems feel endless sense of sorrow and strong impression.

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