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Nature and political reality : a reading of two pastoral poems

By Hung-gyu Kim


This essay is to study the development of a certain poetic mode known as kanghogado(pastoral mode) in its initial stage in the early Choson, and Yi Hyonbo's "Fisherman's Song" and payin gspecial attention to their political consciousness, examine how this poetic mode is deeply is related to actual history. Compared with otehr areas of Korean literature, our subject has the advantage of having many studies before us for our guides. Among the previous studies, Prof. Cho Yun-je's Chosonsiga sagang(Outline History of Korean Poetry) and Prof Choi Jin-Won's "Kanghogado Yon'gu"(A study of the Pastoral Mode) would be of special worth. The former was a pioneering study of a group of poems that sing about the leisurely life in the country, giving them the name of kanghogado and providing us with and overall picture and the basic framework of approach. The latter took over Prof. Cho's study and deepened our understanding of this poetic mode by discussing its aesthetic, world-view, and social background...

Publisher: Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies
Year: 1988
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