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A Study on the Meaning of Closed Space Shown in Choi Gyong-Chang’s Poetry

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2018, (41), pp.89-112
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : January 15, 2018
  • Accepted : February 15, 2018

Jeong, Il-gwon 1

1조선대학교

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ABSTRACT

It is well-known that Go Juk’s psychology was derived from several factors including collective unconsciousness and his own imagery. Therefore, he could not be freed from the spirit of the age and the situation framework in which Confucian principles were deeply rooted. After all, it was discovered that his poetry was resulted from his psychological action when his native imagery worked on collective unconsciousness. Based on the things mentioned above, this study investigated the spirit of his poetry through his psychology revealed in his closed poetic space. First of all, Go Juk described his imagery transparently and honestly through severance of space in expressing absurdity of society and his journey of fetters. He intended to clearly show his own image by identifying himself based on falsehood as one of Confucian points of view. Also, he used a method of closing psychological change on the background of the closed poetic space. It was an intention to reveal his real identity and express his own will naturally. So, Go Juk was freed from characteristics of persona and faced with his honest identity. Readers were impressed by literary beauty when they encountered absurdity of society or Go Juk’s journey of fetters. Then, Go Juk gave a focus on psychology with positive attitude through connecting images of closed space while he expressed the will of loyalty and wish and compassion for humans. That is, Go Juk finished his will or faith with loyalty by presenting antique stories in his poetry. Also he expressed true affection to whom he loved honestly, not lunatically. Such feeling was more truly expressed when he met common people who lived a life of fetters. Thus, Go Juk reminded people of sublime beauty through connecting images of closed space in poetry. The space was space of holiness, sacrifice and healing, and was full of catharsis in which he sang hope and wish for life.

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