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Lianluo-poetic Style appeared in the Poetry of Haseo Kim Yin-hoo

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2012, (30), pp.57-92
  • 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 one of the most distinguished Neo-Confucianist in the middle period of Chosun Dynasty. He has been respected as a permanent teacher all endowed with ethics, fidelity, and writing. Furthermore, he is the only person local to Honam Province commemorated in the Confucian Shrine as one of the 18 wisest men from Sinla Kingdom through Chosun Dynasty. Significantly he was brilliant in moral philosophy. So, he was praised as a Zhou Lianxi of Chosun or Confucius of Honam Province. Above all, Haseo was a gifted writer. He had shown a talent for literature from just childhood around age of five. In fact, he was a great poet writing about 1600 pieces of poetry written in Chinese-characters, and an eminent leader playing a key role in Honam literary circles in 16th century. His poetic works had a variety of literary characteristics transcending the literary style and formation. Some poetic works have free Tang-poetic style, while others have ideological Song-poetic style. However, Haseo was a typical Neo-Confucianist rather than a poet or a writer. As a result, most of his poetry has a tendency towards moral philosophy. They are, a sort of Song-style poetry, that is, Lianluo-poetic Style poets. He thought that the literature is a trifling skill. So, he always faithfully followed the theory of Dao-containing literature that literary works contain a Confucian ideology and concepts mainly asserted by Zhou Dunyi and four virtuous gentlemen of the Song Dynasty in China. This paper is divided into three parts. First, I will look into the notion and origin of Lianluo-poetic Style. I will compare the difference between Tang- poetic style with Song-poetic style. Second, I will compare Haseo's Lianluo-poetic Style with other Neo-Confucianists' poetry. This will be done using 3 categories; the Fengya theory of 'the Book of Odes', the cultivation of one's mind theory through the four books and the three classics, and Cosmology theory of Neo-Confucianism. Finally, I will discover the unique characteristic of Haseo's Lianluo-poetic Style.

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