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The Poemic Development of Before and After Exile abroad in Hangye Lee Seung-hee (韓溪 李承熙)’s Chinese Poems

  • Journal of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • 2020, 77(4), pp.121-151
  • DOI : 10.17326/jhsnu.77.4.202011.121
  • Publisher : Institute of Humanities, Seoul National University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : October 7, 2020
  • Accepted : November 5, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

Han, GilRo 1

1吉林大學

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ABSTRACT

In 1908, Hangyue Lee Seung-hee (1847-1916) went to Vladivostok to establish a Korean community and an independence movement base. He was also a Confucian scholar who sought to restore Confucian teachings through the Confucius movement. In this paper, his Chinese poems are analyzed and reviewed. The literary characteristics, values, and literary significance, especially before and after exile, of the poems will be examined. The state and dynastic situation had become so unsettled that he decided to seek asylum abroad. At that time, he spent his daily life grieving and agonizing, acknowledging the reality. These characteristics are easily found in his poems; his heart, which had to leave his hometown and country, was very bitter and sad. His time overseas was spent in Vladivostok, Russia, and Manchuria, China; he spent approximately eight years overseas prior to his death. As he began to live abroad, some changes took place in his poems. His longing for the motherland and hometown increased, and the sorrow of asylum seekers without fixed dwellings was further enhanced. In summary, his poems show the anguish of an intellectual who decided to leave the Korean Empire for failing to withstand the collapse of the dynasty and the fall of the state. It also shows the psychological pain and grief of Confucian intellectuals struggling in a different space. Also, his literature shows the early and original aspects of Korean Diaspora literature. Furthermore, it is meaningful that his poems demonstrate both resistance and self-reliance that were never created in colonial Joseon, which was locked in colonial control and strict censorship.

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