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The Placeness and Conversation Context of <Ssanghwajeom>

  • The Studies in Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Abbr : Korean Poetry and Culture
  • 2024, (53), pp.167-192
  • Publisher : The Society of Korean Poetry and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature
  • Received : January 12, 2024
  • Accepted : February 21, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Jae Hong Shin 1

1가천대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper attempted a more detailed examination of the specific contents and characteristics of <Ssanghwajeom>, which was considered a representative example of the sexual relationship between man and woman. The aim was to reveal the nature and significance of the poem by focusing on ‘placeness’ and conversation context. The skipping of meaning between poetic lines is a characteristic of the poem. The refrain between the third and fourth lines, the fourth and fifth lines, and the fifth and sixth lines of each stanza briefly breaks the progress of the meaning. The sexual affair briefly present and then move on to control the rumor from the first to fourth line. When fifth and sixth lines are combined, the second speaker appears and announces her intention to join, and the first speaker offers words of caution. Through leaps of meaning between the lines and between the first and second halves, the subject matter of affair and word, sexual relation and rumor is expressed. The affair and word is shaped through the process of amplifying and synthesizing the meaning of the place where each stanza begins. As the poetic thoughts unfolds, three meanings are intertwined and added: first, a place that performs its original function, second, a place where sexual intercourse takes place, and third, a place where people talk and listen about the affair. In terms of the spread of words, places have a wide network of connections. The reason why the second speaker tried to join in after listening to the tip given by the first speaker was because the connection between places was assumed. The spatial network was also applied to the audience of the poem at the banquet, and they would have appreciated it with interest in the affair and alertness against rumors. In the context of a conversation, when viewed through the dialogue style of the second half of the poem, the monologue style of the first half is also accepted as part of the conversation. The first half of first to fourth line is what the first speaker told the second speaker. In response to this, the second speaker responds in fifth line, and the first speaker responds again in sixth line, saying, “There is no overgrown and rude place like that place.” This was realized through an intimate relationship between the two speakers, who are probably courtesans or female servants. In terms of dialogue, the appearance of fantastic beings and personified objects in the third and fourth stanzas is understandable. The four stanzas of the poem are structured in a series of settings, such as an exotic reality situation, a religious reality situation, a fantasy situation, and a mixed situation between reality and fantasy. By expanding the poetic situation from reality to fantasy, the effect of heightening the entertain- ment atmosphere would be achieved.

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