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A study on Suh Jung-Joo's poetry in the 1950~60s

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2011, (76), pp.293-316
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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1안양대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper is about SUH Jung Joo's poetry in the 1950~60s. The 1950~60s is the period of the postwar devastation and restoration. Corresponding to this postwar situation and the fear of death, Suh Jung Joo begins to search for 'eternity'. In this paper, I analyze Suh's poems and essays, with the theory of mith, inquire the process of his search for eternity(Shilla), and explicate significance of his 1950~60s poetry. In two poems, 'Mudeung-eul Bomyoh' and 'Sangrigwawon', Suh tries to overcome the 1950~60s situation by dissociating human from nature. In these poems, geographical image such as mountain and river represents unchangeability, while the image of youngling and baby mediates eternity. Whereas essentiality and permanence converge into 'mind', there is hidden carnal desire behind mind which he separated. He continually reveals mind and body ambivalently in his poems. In his collection of poems, 'Shillacho', he reveals his resignation. His resignation is related to the fact that 'mind' is fully inseparable from body, and that this inseparability does not remove fear and apprehension of death. So, finally He went to face the 'virgin ghost' . With this, his journey to 'Shilla' is compeleted.

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