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Consideration for <呈張侍郞自牧一百韻> of Lee Gyu Bo (李奎報)-Comments for Reviewing Youth Period of Lee Gyu Bo

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (50), pp.49-82
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.50.49
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : July 22, 2020
  • Accepted : August 12, 2020
  • Published : August 31, 2020

Bae, Gyu-ri 1

1부산대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aims to investigate the backdrop and literary characteristics of Googwansi (求官詩: a poem to ask for an official post) by Lee Gyu Bo (李奎報) that has not been relatively noticed thus far in the domain of Chinese literature research, thereby, shedding a light on the period that Lee Gyu Bo had lived and newly elucidating his literary value. Although Lee Gyu Bo passed the state examination for the government posts at the times, he was not granted as an officer for several years, and therefore, he created about 22 poems of Googwansi until being nominated as the very first official post. Googwansi was typically composed for those who have a friendly relationship, and in particular, he composed the <呈張侍郞自牧一百韻> for Jang Ja Mok (張自牧) who was in the position of Sirang (侍郞: a position of a vice-minister class) to demonstrate his literary competency. This poem well illustrates his literary competency and skills. In terms of the characteristics, the poem was structured with 4 paragraphs to persuade the counterpart, for instance, ‘praise of the counterpart – reminding of a special connection between himself and the counterpart – appealing for his position – emphasizing that the existence of the counterpart is essential’, and he used a strategy that gradually stimulates the emotion of the counterpart. In a formality aspect, <呈張侍郞自牧一百韻> was composed of utilizing ‘Woo (虞)’ rhyme on top of Baeyulsi (排律詩: a Chinese poem with violated rules). Since Baeyulsi has a relatively tricky form, it is suitable for showing off his skills and ‘Woo (虞)’ rhyme is also appropriate to conveys his complicated feelings. In this context, it can be speculated that Lee Gyu Bo chose the Baeyul (i.e. violated rules) and ‘Woo (虞)’ rhyme intentionally in composing the poems. Finally, he disclosed his knowledge level and hard efforts on studying through utilizing the broad and deep grounds, and he seemed to take advantage of those broad grounds to properly disclose his feelings rather than just listing them. In conclusion, it is thought that Lee Gyu Bo completely demonstrated his literary competence to other parties through <呈張侍郞自牧一百韻>. This study investigated 「jeong jang sirang jamok ilbaekwoon」(meaning of the 100 verses for Jang Ja Mok in Sirang position). It is the first step to trace and to harmoniously examine a figure named Lee Gyu Bo with a trajectory of life as the life cycle. It is expected to have an opportunity that can exhibit his different aspects and shed light on his entire life through more researches in the future.

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