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A study on images of 'sea' in Korean traditional sijo

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2012, (26), pp.247-276
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose

Byun Seung-Goo 1

1목원대학교

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ABSTRACT

The current paper examined 'sea' which has been disregarded in sijo literature focused on images reflected in works and clarified the meanings. First, 'sea' in sijo is involved with total 156 pieces and it is confirmed that short sijo is 119 pieces and long sijo is 37 pieces. In addition, writers of these sijo are 52 and 77 pieces. Meanwhile, we can see that for the writer base, the all the classes are involved from kings and civil and military officials to poets and gisaeng. Next, for acceptance features of images of 'sea' in sijo, writers' poetic concepts are developed accepting ‘images of properties’, ‘images of depth’, and ‘ immemorial images’ sea has. Besides, 'images of tolerance' was also found that properties sea has is transformed or recognized into meanings of long time to be accepted. External images are what images are accepted which can see through surface looks of sea and 'images of contemplation' and 'images of broadness and blueness' were accepted. Meanwhile, acceptance of spatial images was acceptance with boundary images such as ‘the earth and heaven’, and ‘the reality and ideal world’ etc. Finally, we examined the roles and meanings of images of 'sea' in sijo and first of all, it is indicated that internal and external images of sea were accepted diversely and literary imagination was maximized and sea is forming internal structure of literary works etc. As mentioned above, images of 'sea' in sijo were employed with roles and meanings serving considerably for development of authors' poetic concepts, which indicates that sea treated in depth in narrative literature was also accepted in sijo of short forms for significant materials, themes, and images of internal structure.

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