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A study on ‘death’ through the aspect of ‘time’ in Yeonju Lee’s poetry

  • 인문논총
  • 2023, 60(), pp.143-167
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.60.7
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 31, 2022
  • Accepted : February 1, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

Park, hanra 1

1한남대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study tried to examine the 'death' that flows through Lee Yeon-ju's poetry through the aspect of 'time'. ‘Death’ in The Night Market with a Prostitute』 appears in the aspect of coexisting with ‘life’ through the time of the crystal image. The subject appearing in the poem is pushed to the space of 'outside' and lives, but only wanders 'outside' and cannot escape. All of these characteristics presuppose the time of the crystal image, the present moment in which the past, present, and future coexist. In other words, the narrator trapped 'outside' where the past, present, and future are mixed is a narrative that reveals time as such a closed circuit. A person who has no choice but to be pushed to the 'outside' appears as an insignificant being whose life is worthless even if he dies. to be. Unlike this, the narrator in Judas, the Scapegoat can interpret death through a pure 'future' that is unhinged by forgetting the past and present. Death in this time leads to an eternal return that is different from the pure 'future'. In this collection of poems, death is a love that escapes from time as a closed circuit and encounters itself as the other countless times through the future as unhinged time. At this time, the repetition of making oneself the other reinforces the 'capacity of lies', which makes it impossible to know who is the speaker. In this process, the narrator becomes a 'saint' who enables the life of others by constantly killing himself in the future time. In this way, the narrator, as a decentralized being who constantly creates his own potential layer, continues to love in the future and claims the right of a saint.

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