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A Study on the Daedongyeongseon(大東詠選)

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2007, (20), pp.119-151
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim seoktae 1

1전남대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Literary activities are continued by Buddhist priests in the age of classical literature from the period of the Three kingdoms till in the early twentieth century. Hundreds of anthologies, particulary appeared after Daegakguksa's collection of works, enriched the realm of classical literatures. However, the anthology which shows the core of a korean Buddhist literature to descendants hardly existed. Of course 146 numbers of Buddhist-poetry was inserted in the Daedongsiseon which was compiled by Jang-Ji-Yeon in the early twentieth century, but that selection was just a view of confucianist not a view of Buddhists who had a discerning eye. Fortunately, there was Daedongyeongseon made by Geummyeongbojeong which is the selection of Buddhist-poetry, so it was possible to see the flow of the history of Buddhist-literature. Geummyeongbojeong was a representative sutra lecturer of that time. He was also an educationist and an author and a poet who create as many as eleven hundred chinese poems. Therefore, the poems of Daedongyeongseon selected by him were one of the greatest achievement of the history of Buddhist-literature because they represented th character of Buddhism well. Daedongyeongseon chose not only korean poems but also chose Chinese and Japanese poems. It also contained confucianist's poem as well as a Buddhist's. The contents of it could be classified into several parts. One is the part which has strong color of Buddhism, another is the historical part and the other is the part that stands on a high artistic level. This anthology has several meanings. First, by confirmed fact, Daedongyeongseon is the only anthology which was edited by Buddhist's discerning eye. We may know the character of Buddhist literature and the view of literature. It also include the poems of confucianists, so we can understand the value of Buddhism in the history. Finally, It offer the opportunity of appreciation of the beautiful poem which harmonize the view of buddhism and the literature.

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