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The Poetic Formulation of Self-recognition Appeared in Self-portrait

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2009, (68), pp.277-308
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Shin,Ik-Ho 1

1한남대학교

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ABSTRACT

Self-portrait shows the self-identity made by the attitude of life which a writer has had so far. Many writers have written poems with the same title, self-portrait. This article aims at studying what each writer wants to tell through self-portrait. JungJoo Seo’s Self-portrait shows the existential struggle and the transcendental self-consciousness. He suffered from the ontological and ultimate problems about life and described the extreme struggle with the animal imagination to free himself from the destiny of the original sin. Dongjoo Yoon's and Gongang Yoon's Self-portrait show the self-reflection with the archetype of narcissism myth. The narcissistic attitude brings a process of maturing for a self through the conflict between realistic self and internal self with internalization of consciousness. Cheonmyoung Noh's, Yongrae Park's and Hawoon Han's Self-portrait are about the confession of self and are different from the 'personal' theory which is included in the impersonal theory of poetry. The narrator of each poem describes the confession of the personal experience not as an imaginative and divided self but as an autobiographical and confessional self. Seyoung Park's and Sang Lee's Self-portrait reflect the self-consciousness of discomfort and death under a turbulent period. Seyoung Park overcame the emotional sense of sorrow, recognized the reality specifically and tended toward internalization of the depressing self-reflection and passive response. Sang Lee depicted the recognition of the pessimistic and negative reality owing to physic trauma and chronic disease which were caused by the family background from childhood.

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