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Maneun Han Eeun's Life of a Hermit and World of Poetry

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2023, (89), pp.83-113
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.089.03
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : April 9, 2023
  • Accepted : April 21, 2023
  • Published : May 31, 2023

kim-myo-jung 1

1단국대학교

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ABSTRACT

This article aimed to examine the life and collection of the writings by Maneun Han Eeun (1619-1688) and to confirm his hermit life and world of poetry. In particular, this article focused on examining how Maneun's reclusive life of a hermit is reflected in his poetry. First, Chapter 2 carefully reviewed Maneun's hermit life and collection of writings. Having examined Maneun's life in various ways, it found that he led a reclusive life by refusing to assume government posts and taking a low profile throughout his life. Subsequently, Chapter 3 attempted to examine the shape of Maneun's hermit life manifested in his world of poetry. Therefore, first, it was identified as a characteristic that Maneun examined in his works both the meaning and the vanity of life. As a result of analyzing the works, it was confirmed that Maneun felt depressed and vain about life at a relatively young age, and through this, he inferred some of the reasons why he lived a hermit life. Second, by analyzing the works that revealed the expression of a helpless life encountered in social chaos, this study identified the reason why Maneun lived a hermit life. There may be many reasons for Maneun's expression of his will to seclude himself, but he revealed that the helplessness and frustration he faced in the war further strengthened his will to seclude himself. Third, this study looked at the aspect of longing for another world through dreams. Many poems by Maneun were found to have been written in dreams, and he is aiming for a fresh world, not reality. And it was found that he aimed for a hermit life by realizing a Taoist world through dreams and assuming it as an utopia. This article is meaningful in that it fully understands Maneun as an author who lived a hermit life through his life, and at the same time, he has found various reasons why he had no choice but to set the direction of such life through the analysis of his works.

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