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Several Scenes on Diplomatic Trip Route to Beijing of Yu Mong-In in Summer 1609 From Aprokgang River to Guangning

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2012, (30), pp.207-240
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

LEE SEANGSU 1

1한양대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Yu Mong-In started the third diplomatic trip to Beijing in early May 1609. His title was the chief delegate. He wrote about 250 poems until he came back in Nov. Those poems form a variety of extensive spectrum showing his inner emotion and the view of the world. This paper aimed to investigate the thoughts of Yu Mong-In at that time by analyzing his 52 poems written during about 20 days from Aprokgang River to Guangning among his 250 poems. The microscopic investigation will be useful to identify the vital aspects of a person in a specific period and will be the important basis to understand and reconsider Yu Mong-In and the times when he lived. The first discussion was the form of poem. He wrote 52 poems in the route from Aprokgang river to Guangning. Of them, there are 20 long poems with more than 12 phrases. It is very special case. It is characterized as the uncontrolled burst of passion itself. Those poems showed the tendency of overflow and release rather than implication and restraint of psychology or aesthetic consciousness of Yu Mong-In at that time. Hatred against political reality, specific situation ‘trip’, and extensive geography in Liaoning different from Joseon would have influence on those characteristics in combination. The dimensional structure using dialogue style and dynamic conversion of poetic concept were collateral phenomenon. Yu Mong-In was the unemployed for about one year because of the political change at that time. Thus, his health and psychology were very intimidated. Moreover, he was in very bad mood when starting the diplomatic trip to Beijing. His such mental state continued. However, Yu Mong-In didn’t give his psychology to conventional self-complaint or weak feeling. With unique enthusiasm and wills for experience in broader world, Yu Mong-In was very excited to experience new culture and enlarge the experience in spite of uneasiness. He pledged his aspiration and mission as the delegate again and again. Diplomatic trip to Beijing was painful but the most exciting and valuable for him. Thus, he maintained the proper tension in his spirit and mind.

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