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The Pattern and Sentiment of Song Soon’s Friendship Poems

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2015, (35), pp.145-182
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature

BAEK SuK AH 1

1순천대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Research on Song Soon has been made so far from various perspectives. Song Soon’s anthology Myeongangjip contains some 560 Sino‐Korean poems. A relatively large portion of them give us a glimpse to his association relationships. Based on the outcomes of previous studies, this study discussed the pattern of association observed in Song Soon’s Sino‐Korean poems. The discussion was particularly focused on his poems describing his affection in teacher‐student relationships, and his faith and friendship with colleagues. Poems related to teacher‐student relationships are largely categorized into one of two stories. One is that Song Soon won a reputation by the teachings of brothers Park Sang and Park Woo who were revered as the greatest men of fidelity and writers in those days. Saying that he owed his being a scholar to the two brothers, Song Soon never forgot his indebtedness to the brothers. The other is that Song Soon was acknowledged as a refined poet through direct and indirect teachings of Jijidang Song Heum (1559‐1547) who was Song Soon’s uncle and was famous as a man of integrity and of Song Se‐rim (1479‐?) in Taein, Jollabuk‐do. This study also examined Song Soon’s faithfulness to his colleagues observed in his Sino‐Korean poems. His works suggest that Song Soon had a gentle and affable personality, being faithful to many people and exchanging affection with them. It is notable that he had harmonious poem writing activities through exchanging poems with his colleagues and sharing his heart with them. Song Soon’s Sino‐Korean poems exhibiting his association pattern need to be studied also based on his poems on friendship with Buddhist monks, farewell poems, and requiems.

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