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Visualization of Nujeong through Rhyme-borrowing ‘Gwansujeong’ Poems ―Focus On Song Heum and Oh Eung-seok’s Two Gwansujeong ―

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2018, (41), pp.195-218
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : January 15, 2018
  • Accepted : February 15, 2018

Oh, Gi-ju 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

Nujeong (樓亭), which has the floor high up from the ground without walls so as to view all sides, means “tower and pavilion.” Nujeong were erected as a place for scholars retired or leaving the central government for the countryside to spend their elderly years leisurely, or Nujeong were erected by such scholars’ clans or their disciples or their relatives or were erected as a seclusive space for such individual scholars to live in alone. However, it is also true that the Nujeon space was settled not only for individuals but also for the local cultural space. Among many local Nujeong, our attention is paid to materials from Gwansujeong Pavilions of Song Heum and Oh Eung-seok. That is because Song Heum served as a governmental official and retired, while Oh Eung-seok, while staying in the countryside, lived a seclusive quiet life. Literary documents have remained that give a glimpse of the two persons' Nujeong lifestyles. The two Nujeong are very close to each other within a distance of about 16km that are located in Jangseong-gun, Jeollanam-do and in Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju. Later generations wrote poems by borrowing the two persons’ poetic rimes, which made different images between two persons. Poems written by Song Heum's colleagues or his disciples and later generations revealed their respect for his upright personality. Furthermore, these injected the father image into Gwansujeong, and embraced the teaching as their family motto. As such, all focused on respecting Song Heum who left the government office for the countryside. Poems dedicated to Oh Eung-seok embraced his honorable personality and scholarly virtue. Local disciples described Gwansujeong as a divine world and embraced his upright and solitary life. Descendants of his clan further embraced their grandfather's clean personality. Such efforts were made presumably for the purpose of uniting their clan in early 20th century. From the poems borrowed from the dwellers of the two Nujeong, it is presumed that their descendants praised their forefathers and teachers and embraced the spirit of filial piety.

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