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Imitated Death and a Painful Memory ― Elegy for Myself Series of 12 Poems by Lee Myung-oh

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2012, (29), pp.257-284
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

Lim Jun Chul 1

1조선대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to introduce Elegy for Myself series of 12 poems by Lee Myung-oh(1750~1836). Elegy for Myself successfully expresses the painful memory by effectively using the tradion of the self-elegy poetry. By using the narrative of imitated death, the poet tries to express his father’s false execution as well as his own under-estimated talent. And his relates his death with other one’s tragic death, by which he raises the question of group, not of individual. This is the unique part of Lee Myung-oh’s self elegy. Self elegy works by Lee Myung-oh have three characteristics. First, They are the longest self elegy poetry. Second, they successfully express painful memory. Third, they have spiritual feeling of solidarity with other dead people. And like other self elegy writers do, Lee also wrote another autobiographical work, which serves as a great reference for understanding the self elegy poetry. Self elegy poetry by Lee should be known as unique works to construct a new history of self elegy poetry. And his poetry made self elegy works in Chosun one of much more various ways of expression.

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