본문 바로가기
  • Home

A Study on Tao Yuan-ming's View of Seclusion in Mok Eun Lee Saek's Chinese Poems

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2010, (25), pp.109-135
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Kim Jou Soon 1

1대구가톨릭대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Tao Yuan-ming lived in Wi Jin period which was the most confused and darkest in Chinese history and Lee Saek lived in the turbulent period which moved from Koryeo to Choseon period. In spite of these changing social situation, both of them were absorbed in literature. Although Lee called himself 'Mok Eun' because he wanted to live a hermit life, he didn't have pessimistic attitude to escape from real life. While Tao had the desire to escape from poverty and Lee Saek had the motivation and patriotism to cope with turbulent period, they soon realized the sense of futility and returned to nature due to their nature-friendly disposition. Lee also reflected Tao Yuan-ming's love for a chrysanthemum in his poem by comparing a mum which sends forth a sweet fragrance till withering with the symbol of a hermit and a noble scholar. Although Lee showed the opposite aspect with Tao Yuan-ming in that he had the desire about political power and finally became a high-ranking official, they have something in common about confucian philosophy of going into government service because Lee had a strong passion about administrating the state to relieve the people´s suffering according Mencius' phrases while Tao Yuan-ming feel depressed about usurpation the throne from Jin dynasty to Song dynasty and determined to return to home and nature. Lee thought the valuable life doesn't lie in life with materialism but lies in life with returning to home and reflecting himself. He became lost in thought like this after watching chaotic situation in late Koryeo period.

Citation status

* References for papers published after 2022 are currently being built.