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A Study on the Path of Han ha-un Poetry and the Healing of Inner Wounds

  • Korean Language & Literature
  • 2023, (125), pp.201-222
  • Publisher : Korean Language & Literature
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : November 5, 2023
  • Accepted : November 23, 2023
  • Published : November 30, 2023

Yoon SuHa 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

Han Haun was recorded as the first poet with leprosy in Korean literary history. In recent years, scholars have focused on completeness due to criticism that the name "Poet of Hansen's Disease" can give preconceived notions about Han ha-un poetry. To understand the nature of his poetry, these studies have extensively described the disease, along with the political and historical characteristics of his poetry Though these studies have succeeded to provide affirmation to his ailing body research on his inner pain and the ways in which he could come to terms with it remains largely understudied. This paper noted the mentalization process to overcome psychological pain described in Han Haun poetry. by revealing that stability of his mother’s attachment and emotional support as the primary factors contributed to the process. In his poem, he clearly presented the ways in which he could overcome hardships in the extremely harshly circumstances. Han Haun’s poetry reflects his ways to objectifying and spiritualizing the suffering self. The poet gained power to endure pain and catharsis while writing poetry, and on the other hand, such a process was projected into the poem, which allowedg him to form a unique poetry world that cannot be found in other poets or poetry. Han ha-un's poetry and more detailed research, which could not be covered, are postponed to the next study.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.