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The Configuration of Loyalty Shown in Poetry by Go Gyeong-Myeong

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2014, (91), pp.147-174
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Jeong, Il-gwon 1

1조선대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study speculates on the faithful spirit of Jebong Go Gyeong-Myeong. His faithful spirit was a manifestation of his deeply rooted intention to practice justice dutifully adhered by the heaven as a scholar. To examine his faithful spirit, this study reconsidered what happened to him with regards to Lee Ryang. If Jebong was a faithful man to Lee Ryang, the fidelity he showed during the Imjinweran was hard to understand. As a result, he was discharged from his duties. This discharge was not directly related with the violence of the Lee Yang party. Rather, its evaluation depended on which faction had power at that time. Sagye Kim Jang-Seng was confused between fidelity to his king and his parents, but he praised the fidelity of Jebong who submitted to an appeal by the king according to his duty. Jebong had been living a shameful life as a local administrator for 19 years when he was discharged from his government post. However, Jebong achieved inner maturity and had a good viewpoint to see the society around him rather than fall into despair and frustration. He had direct experience with the sorrows of the common people and consolidated the concept of loyalty to the king and justice for the people. In 1581, Jebong returned to the position of governor of Yeongam and had an opportunity to recover his honor out of the shackles of being a small fry. At that time, Jebong's reward was a benefit from the king and he had direct experience of Chinese culture which he used to increase his knowledge. By realizing our autonomous spirit through writing poetry, he consolidated his fidelity to the country. He paid reverence at the Saamchungsa Shrine to admire the spirit of Mun Chon-Sang who showed fidelity to the country. This demonstrated his fidelity. Jebong did his government work faithfully even though he was already old after he returned to his government post. He recruited volunteers and risked his life as an ordinary person when the Imjinweran broke out. Likewise, Jebong practiced fidelity based on having a firm mind as a scholar under such difficult circumstances. This would be the influence of his grandfather named Go Un who had Confucian justice ideals and the strong fidelity of Honam Sarim. Following teachings by friends and men with noble ideas, he manifested a will to practice the devoted mind of Confucius and pursuing justice in spite of the risk of death. His mind for fidelity was a model of fidelity through which national disasters were overcome through support and fortitude derived from the spirit of Honam Sarim.

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