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The Study of Religious features in Poetic language -In the case of Oh Jang Whan, Han Yong Woon and Kim So Weol

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2008, (66), pp.235-258
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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ABSTRACT

This paper studies the religious features in poetry. As poetry results from rite at first, poetic language has many similarities to religion. The most representative feature is ‘symbol’ and ‘paradox’. ‘Symbol’ and ‘paradox’ are not only rhetoric. They are aimed to the world above. Poem can seek after transcendental world by ‘symbol’ and ‘paradox’. In that point, ‘symbol’ and ‘paradox’ are resemblant to religion structurally. To study the feature of ‘symbol’, this paper analyzed the poem of Oh Jang Whan. Oh Jang Whan emphasized the importance of ‘symbol’ and orthodoxy ‘symbolism’ in Jo-sun. This paper confirmed transcendental and religious feature in Oh Jang Whan’s poem. Especially Oh Jang Whan wanted to find symbol in woman image and mother’s world. And to study the feature of ‘paradox’, this paper analyzed the poem of Han Yong Woon. In poem of Han Yong Woon, the paradoxical language is the most remarkable feature. Especially, the atitude to ‘Nim’ can compare with the atitude to God in religion. Han Yong Woon showed transcendant feature by ‘paradox’. The last religious feature in poetry is related to the fact that poem involves ritual feature. That is from the fact that poem is pointed to spiritual world. The various emotion like sadness, sobbness and grief in Kim So Weol’s poem express the state of spirit. Kim So Weol is remarkable poet in the point that he seeks after opening the spiritual world.

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