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Choi Hyun-bae’s view of literature and the meaning of Oesol Sijo

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2020, (51), pp.131-156
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2020.51.131
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : October 15, 2020
  • Accepted : November 11, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

Min-Gyu Lee 1 Ae-Kyung Park 1

1연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

Korean language scholar Choi Hyeon-bae, who insisted on the use of pure Korean text from 1894 to 1970, was also interested in Korean literature, and his interest led to the creating of Oesol. This paper attempts to analyze the meaning of Sijo Oesol through Choi Hyun-bae's view on literature. As a Korean language scholar, Choi Hyeon-Bae defined literary demand as a demand for life and aimed for literature that encompasses the individual’s life and the nation’s, fate and history. Oesol expressed years in prison, thoughts of his hometown, traveling, and longing for Ju Si-gyeong. In that sijo, Choi Hyun-bae’s personal feelings and his reflection on the nation were in balance and harmony. The sentiment of the sijo reflects his literary view that literary demand is the demand of life. Meanwhile, Choi Hyun-bae also revealed an important difference between himself and Jeong In-bo. While Jeong In-bo focused on the musicality of sijo based on classical Chinese literature, it was important for Choi Hyun-bae to maintain the linguistic structure of sijo. However, this difference should not be viewed as a conflict between Choi Hyun-bae’s and Jeong In-bo’s sijo literature. To analyze and deeply reflect on Choi Hyun-bae’s and Jeong In-bo’s literature, this paper intends to lay the foundation for research history.

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