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Ideal Community Theory and Wandering Represented in Suju Byeon, Young-ro’s Early Literature

Choi, Ho-young 1

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to specifically examine the mode of wandering consistently represented in Suju Byeon, Young-ro’s early poems and to elucidate the significance and form of ideal community. Byeon, Young-ro’s early poems revealed the intentionality of the subject called ‘Nim’ by expressing repeatability of ‘dream’ and ‘wandering’, thereby showing that it was the origin of ‘life’ to him. Based on this, he came up with the idea of community where Joseons particularity and individual independence could be expanded into a global universality through the introduction of ‘individuality’. In the mid-1920s Byeon, Young-ro specified wandering into the method of travel and explored ideal community by borrowing sijo(traditional three-verse Korean poem) discussed as a classical form in the contemporary literary world. This point can be verified with the historical book written by Danjae Shin, Chae-ho and Widang Jeong, In-bo. Therefore, this paper considers the mode of wandering in his early poems as the device to investigate community, which can be an alternative of the reality of Joseon period, and to explore the origin of ‘life’ rather than as returning to the ideology of nationalism.

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