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A Study on Beomhae Gakan’s(梵海 覺岸) Travel-poetry in Jeju Island

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2005, (55), pp.185-204
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

김석태 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study is about Beomhae Gakan's travel-poetry in Jeju Island. He was born in Jeollanam-do, Wando-gun at 1820. He entered the Buddhist priesthood when he was 14 years old. Then he lived in Daedun Temple at Haenam provinces for his whole life to practice austerity. He traveled to many places from Geumgang Mountain to Jeju Island, writing poetry about his travels. He was interested in Jeju Island, and then he traveled to Jeju in 1873. The following are characters of his poetry. First of all, Although, he didn't write many poems, they are rare and special in Buddhist Literate. You can feel how much he was interested and yearned about Jeju before he traveled when you read the Preface of “Dongsayeoljeon” and his anthology. Furthermore his poetry has all the characteristics of travel-literature such as an itinerary, descriptions and experience of travel-literature. Secondly, because he was a Buddhist monk, characters of Buddhism were reflected in his poems. He gave expression to his feelings in poetry of his travels about Daejeong(大靜), Sanbanggul temple (山房窟寺) which are places of historic interest. Thirdly, his poems are typical of transcendental Buddhism literature. He enjoyed Buddhistic emancipation while he lived in beautiful places like Baengnokdam(白鹿潭), Yeongsilgiam(瀛室奇巖), Jeongbang waterfall(正房瀑布) in Jeju. Those characteristics of travel-literature truly matched his desires about Jeju when he stayed at Daedun temple.

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