Volume 14, Number 6

Thematic Analysis of the Lyrics of Five Extant Pansoris


Hwihyun You1 and Austin Kang2, 1Sangmyung University, Korea and 2Seoul National University, Korea


This paper aims to examine the themes of five extant pansoris, Korean traditional music. Therefore, this study collected the lyrics of the five works, including Chunhyangga, Simcheongga, Heungboga, Jeokbyeokga, and Sugungga. This study examined the theme of each pansori using thematic analysis of the collected data. According to the results of this study, the themes of the five works could be summarized as love, loyalty, filial piety, moderation, and Confucianism and humor. This study has the significance of deriving a common theme through thematic analysis of the lyrics of five extant pansoris.


pansori, themes, Korean traditional music, thematic analysis.