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A Study on the meaning structure and aesthetic consciousness in 'Saseoulsijo(사설시조)' with illusion-motif

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2011, (24), pp.359-389
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the meaning structure and aesthetic consciousness in 'Saseoulsijo'(사설시조) with illusion-motif through the comparison with Yuefumin’ge in Ming dynasty, and to uncover the meaning of similarity and difference in them. At the same time, this study analyze the variation of the illusion-motif in 'Saseulsijo' and its meaning through the comparison with 'Pyeongsijo(평시조)'These poems have the meaning structure of 'illusion-realization- reaction' series in common. The woman narrator deludes herself that the lover(님) have come, so she runs out to realize it's a illusion, and to be in sorrow. As a result, the absence of the lover is clearer, and that makes her sence of lacking more serious. However in the narrator's psychological reaction after her illusion having been revealed, Saseoulsijo is quite different from Yuefumin’ge. In other words, while the narrator in Yuefumin’ge is seized with shame and self-deprecation, the one in Saseoulsijo gives a dog totally unrelated scolding, or is aware of the way other people are looking at one. The reaction like this is very problematic in that it pulls down the previous psychological tension at the same time, moreover, destroys the lyrical consistency. This difference is apparently exposed in everse of the last of the 3 verses of a (sijo) poem. The narrator in the last line in Sijo, makes different voice with first and second line, which causes confusion to express the feelings of conflict on the poetic situation. It means she herself denies ardent longing for her lover and the agony in wating him. Through this section, her intention of self-parody is shown, critical eyes are perceived, and she can maintain a sense of balance in a life that is intended not to be buried under the sorrow. As these works are apparently different from Gang-ik's and Sin-heum's sijo works when they are compared, they are distinguished from 'Hansi(한시)' or 'Pyeongsijo(평시조)' in that they take the ardent longing for her lover. It is because they are closely related to the expansion of entertainment establishment like 'Gibang(기방)' which is characteristic as the theme of Love.

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