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A Study on the life and companionship of Haseo Kim Yin-hoo

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2008, (21), pp.57-80
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim Dong-ha 1

1서영대학교

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ABSTRACT

Haseo Kim Yin-hoo was a Confucian scholar who was excellent in learning, integrity, and writing. He was singled out as one of the 18 wisest men in Korean history. Moreover, he was a central character in Honam poetical circles in the sixteenth century. He wrote more than 1600 poems throughout his life. And most of his poems were directly or indirectly connected with companionship which resulted from meeting and parting with others. In this paper, I examined the characteristic of his poems, dividing them into two large parts. that is, life part and companionship part. The conclusions are as follows: Firstly, about Haseo's lifetime, he devoted most of his life to the study of Sung Confucianism, teaching students, and writing books on Confucianism except for the period when he entered and later resigned government office. Secondly, concerning Haseo's companionship, I could discern the characteristics worthy of mentioning. 1. The poems that dealt with relatives by marriage accounted for more than 17% of all his works. 2. In case of his colleagues of the national school and reading club during his sabbatical year, his poems were mainly about Lee Hwang, Ro Soo-shin, Ra Se-chan, and Rim Hyong-soo. 3. In case of men of refined taste in valleys and mountains, most of his poems were written thorough Sosoewon poetical circle and Myonangjeoing poetic circle after resigning from the government. Haseo had many sorts of companionships with famous scholars and writers who met there, and he put such delicate feelings into his unique poems.

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