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Developmental Aspect of Chinese Poetry in Gurye from the late 19th century to the early 20th century

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2009, (24), pp.319-348
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

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1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study examines the developmental aspect of Chinese poetry in Gurye from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. It is designed to identify it in a nationwide base instead of local base, which will be a process to acquire a main aspect of Korean Chinese poetry. The results are summarized as follows: First, we examined poetry with historical mission and repentance. Poets in Gurye expressed their mission and self-esteem against historical crises, through which we understood passionate spirit of literary persons who had to endure the period of depression. Because of such circumstances, they felt limited and regretful. Poets of Chinese poetry in Gurye at that time intended to maintain their national pride through literary activities. Such regret and distress were sublimed in their poetry. Second, we examined poetry where acceptance and pride of its geographical environment were exhibited. Gurye is a jumping-off place in geography, which gave it a chance to encourage literary persons to be engaged in their writing. Rather, there were some cases that hermitic life was pursued. It exhibited the taste of the people who live in superior natural beauty and enhanced the quality of poetry based on acceptance and pride in Chinese poetry. Third, we speculated poetry where literary exchanges were shared. Through the poems, we could examine taste and elegance exhibited through exchange of local literary persons with literary persons in other areas. At pavilions and temples which were frequently loved as places of meeting, we could sympathize with graceful taste of people in Gurye. They pursued diversity of writing poetry through organizing various poetry clubs. Thus, this study could identify the aspect of Chinese poetry through various views beyond a simple speculation of local culture and it is expected that it will be a good chance to understand the trends of Chinese poetry in Korea.

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