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The Life of Nampo Geum Man-Young, A Literary Person of Honam In The 17th Century and Development of Yeomrakpung Poetry

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2022, (121), pp.53-80
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : July 10, 2022
  • Accepted : July 27, 2022
  • Published : July 31, 2022

Park Myeong Hui 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aimed to examine the development aspect of Yeomrakpung poetry by Nampo Kim Man-Young, a literary person of Honam in the 17th century and the meaning and perspective of the poetry. Yeomrakpung is related to the poetical style of Confucian scholars in Song Dynasty. Kim Man-Young’s poetry was connected to Yeomrakpung because it was mentioned in the preface and epilogue of his collection of literary works and his records. Kim Man-Young is a local Confucian scholar who was born in Naju, Jeonnam in the 17th century and finished his life there. At that time, he was recommended for an official post by many people due to his learning and virtue, and good behaviors, but he was a local scholar from noble family who stayed out of the government service. He was also much respected by many local people as he lived a life as a Confucian scholar. Meanwhile, he was naturally engaged in writing poems while living a common life and approximately 530 poems with 460 themes were handed down. Of all the poems handed down, 85 poems with 73 themes were classified into Yeomrakpung poetry. It was suggested that the main themes of Yeomrakpung poetry by Kim Man-Young were moral mind, government property, nature and reading. Specifically, he expressed the will of moral mind training, acquired the exquisite principles through government property, admired nature, declared he would obey to nature, dealt with pleasure of reading and criticized Scriptures. Therefore, this study recognized that they were main themes of Yeomrakpung poetry and specifically examined the development aspect. In Chinese poetry history in Korea, Yeomrakpung poetry continued since Confucianism of Song Dynasty had been introduced. It is meaningful that Kim Man-Young’s Yeomrakpung poetry naturally reflected his academic world through poetry and revealed his peculiar characteristics. Kim Man Young witnessed difficulties of local people while living in local areas and expressed what he saw in his poetry. This study suggested that future studies should pay attention to it.

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