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Research on Kansong Cho Imdo’s companionship literature: Focusing on the poetry of companionship and boating

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2022, (56), pp.5-42
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2022.56.5
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : January 25, 2022
  • Accepted : February 16, 2022
  • Published : February 28, 2022

Yun Jeong Choi 1

1용인대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study examines Kansong Cho Imdo’s (1585–1664) companionship literature. Kansong has been evaluated as a scholar who attempted to combine the Toegye and Nammung Schools during his lifetime, adopting the advantages of each school. This research applies the concept of companionship literature, which comprises a major portion of Kansong’s works, to highlight its characteristics and meanings. This research limited its scope to literature related to companionship and boating. The sources related to Kansong’s boating record his plays with companions on boat and is regarded as important material that shows his attitude toward companions. Kansong tried to overcome his prejudiced and imprudent character by meeting valuable friends. Based on trustworthiness in human relationships, he placed greater importance on spiritual friendship and the Seon-bi (선비) Spirit than on their relative age or the physical distance between them. Kansong’s literature can be characterized into three aspects. The first is his respect for the holy man and perception of his era. The second is his Pungryu (풍류) spirit and targeting for spiritualizers. The third is his intimate friendships and strong team spirit. These aspects show the ways of communication and shared awareness among literary writers of the 17th century. They did not participate in political issues as public officials; however, they continuously responded to the ongoing issues as intellectuals through ties of friendship and striving for unity. In addition, Kansong’s companionship literature realized the Seon-bi spirit. He described the will to brighten the world according to the way of the holy man, maintaining an interest in the real world but remaining spiritual by nature.

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