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A Study on Kim Changgang and Hwang Maechon's Poetry on Jeongun(停雲)

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2011, (28), pp.241-274
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Hwang, Su-jeong 1

1北京語言大

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to analyse poetic exchanges between Changgang Kim Taek-young (1850~1927) and Maechon Hwang Hyun(1855~1910). That is, it looked at poetry on Jeongun(停雲). Jeongun(停雲) indicates close friends who are far away. This study focused on poetic exchanges of the two persons who were engaged in development of Chinese literature while maintaining its tradition in the period of a sudden change. They were promising literary persons because of their outstanding ability. However, it is believed that they did not realize as much as what they dreamed. They attempted to find out their own methods to overcome hardship of that time. Their delicate responses were expressed through poetic exchanges, through which special senses, joys and sorrow, spiritual ground, sense of crisis, and responses of the intellectuals of those days were read. This study was able to reconsider the meaning Changgang met Maechon in this process. First, their friendship was based on literary communication and trust. Changgang and Maechon built up trust, recognizing ability of each other. They could not show their vigor and enthusiasm through national examinations because they were from families of low class. Thus, they had expectation and despair of success in life simultaneously when they were young. Therefore, their spiritual base needed ability to overcome and respond to turbulent days. Their meeting encouraged them to pursue literature and trust, which was achieved through literary communication. Second, their poetry expressed missing towards a friend who was far away. Changgang selected an exile during turbulent days. However, Maechon did not because of family condition. Maechon missed and longed for a close friend as he valued Changgang's decision to realize his literary ideal highly. It was an admiration for his ability to adjust the time beyond a pursuit for personal wellbeing and changes. It contains expectation of Changgang's literary ability and encouragement of him. Changgang described his missing in poems to him as he intended to be consoled by Maechon, a friend of agony and missing. The poetry both exchanged at that time had agony and missing based on turbulence of those days. Third, his poetry expressed memories of a friend. Maechon's memories to Changgang contained the future prospect and the past reflections, through which a true meaning in their relationship was reconsidered. It also had hardship they had to face as intellectuals. The base of their response to the time was expressed. Maechon had memories of Changgang based on strong trust of his ability, leading to inspiration and expectation. Changgang expressed sorrow and pain of losing a friend, exposing his despair of the nation through the poetry.

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