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A Study on Friendship Poetry of Song Gang

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2006, (18), pp.153-205
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Park, Young Ju 1

1강릉원주대학교

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ABSTRACT

Jeong Cheol (pen name : Song Gang, 1536~1593) is regarded one of the greatest poets in the history of the Korean literature. His works include four pieces of Gasa which is viewed as having the finest command of Korean in literature, more than 80 pieces of Sijo which is no less than Gasa in terms of literary merits and more than 700 pieces of Chinese poem which revealed his unique understanding of the images of life, society and nature. This study examined his Chinese poems that have received relatively less attention than his Korean poetry, especially focusing on the poems that he exchanged with renowned literary men and scholars in his time. Friendship poetry in Song Gangs prime time has its significance and implications in that they allow us to look into the historical and literary circumstances of that time. Song Gangs friendship poetry that he exchanged with prominent literary men and scholars in his time let us explore his relationships with his teachers who tremendously influenced his growing-up. The poems also imply his affection for friends with whom he associated with his heart open as well as acquaintance and honor with those whom he shared political lines with. Song Gangs friendship poetry reveals not only his inborn personality but also values and ideology that he lived for throughout his life. This study has its implications in that it brought to light the characteristic attributes of Song Gangs literature by analyzing and examining his various works.

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