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The Poems of Kim Ji-ha and Postcolonial Characteristics

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2009, (68), pp.253-276
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Yongmoo Noh 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper aims to analize the postcolonial characteristics of Kim Ji-ha and his poems focusing on the theme of modernism or modernity. For this purpose, this paper considers the literary world of Kim Ji-ha with a durable view and concluded the essential spirit and the formation of his poetry as following. Kim Ji-ha showed a strong struggling against the government after humiliating agreement between Korea and Japan, then revealed the political imaginary world through his collection of peoms, Hwangto. His early lyric poems were put on the practice searching the perfect unification between his poetry and politics. This domain was in the basis of the overthrowing imagination from Donghak revolution and the spirit of April. The overthrowing of Donghak and April 19th is the basis, in which formal aesthetics could monopolize Pansori. The monopolization of Pansori shows the aspect of multi-imitation in which 'modern' transmits into 'premodern' in the basis that the traditional grammar and the present issues are mixed together. Therefore his overthrowing strategy about the present reality is to try to reveal and dissolve ideology of ruling class and harshness of national reason using the language of suppressed class. The thought of life in Kim Ji-ha's literature is the system of thinking for cognizing modern and modernity, also an alternative or reflective discourse for perceiving the duality of modernism. Kim Ji-ha's literary world is pursuing the importance of life from his early stage whether continuously or not. Moreover the medium is taking the point of view of Donghak and literary ecology. Therefore his thought and poetry of life are put on the peak according to the fact described above. This peak will move on to another direction like his movement of view of the world. But the peak with the meaning of ceaseless reflection is unfolding toward our westernism which wouldn't permit any concession from the modern thought.

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