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A Study on Yeoam Shin Keoung Jun’s Poems about Natural Things

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2005, (55), pp.223-244
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

This paper examines the poems about natural things of Shin Keoung Jun who lived in the 18th century. As poems about natural things, he wrote one piece of Yachung (insects in the field), 8 pieces of Hwajukbyeongeum (a poem depicting a folding screen of pictures and bamboos), and 10 pieces of Sochung 10jang (10 verses about small insects) The number of his poems cannot be said to be large, but it is enough to see "How he depicted things in the poems?". In a word, he depicted things in his poems after observing them as what they were. Therefore, it can be said that the poetic speaker took the observer's stand and did not often judge things or make value judgments. This means that human beings should recognize the ecological nature of things, even trifles. Among the literatus in the late Joseon period, there were some people who tried to free themselves from the idealism of the Neo-Confucian philosophy. They valued the real observation of things based on natural historical thinking. Shin Keoung Jun's perception and record of things can be said to be dovetailed with such thought.

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