By Talat S. Halman, Jayne L. Warner
From Orhon inscriptions to Orhan Pamuk, the tale of Turkish literature from the 8th century a.d. to the current day is wealthy and complicated, packed with enterprise traditions and bold adjustments. Spanning a large geographic variety from Outer Mongolia and the environs of China in the course of the center East the entire strategy to Europe, the background of Turkish literature embraces a mess of traditions and impacts. All have left their imprint at the distinct amalgam that's uniquely Turkish.
Always receptive to the nurturing values, aesthetic tastes, and literary penchants of various civilizations, Turkish tradition succeeded in evolving a sui generis character. It clung to its personal proven features, but it used to be versatile sufficient to welcome thoughts or even innovative change.
A Millennium of Turkish Literature tells the tale of ways literature advanced and grew in stature at the Turkish mainland over the process 1000 years. The ebook gains quite a few poems and extracts, such a lot in fluid translations by way of Halman. This quantity presents a concise, yet beautiful, advent to Turkish literature and, with choices from its large extra interpreting part, serves as a useful advisor to Turkish literature for direction adoption.
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The 5. Katip Çelebi, The Balance of Truth, translated by Geoff rey Lewis (London: Allen and Unwin, 1957). 6. Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall’s Geschichte der osmanischen Dichtkunst, 4 vols. (Pest: C. A. Hartleben, 1836–38), is a massive compilation of the biographies of about 2,200 Turkish poets. This reference book is a German version of the typical tezkire. Ottoman Glories 33 glaring fact is that Ottoman literature from its beginnings until the second half of the nineteenth century functioned in a critical vacuum, aside from extravagant sycophantic praises or scathing satire that one finds—and immediately dismisses as worthless—in some poets’ work.
These works included chronicles of war and conquest, albums of festivities and weddings, books of counsel, and other types of writing. In the nineteenth century, versifiers even came up with a chemistry textbook in poetic form and Turkish–French, Turkish–Armenian, and Turkish–Greek dictionaries in meter and rhyme. Notwithstanding the classical poets’ pejorative view of prose, a fair retrospective assessment today leads one to numerous praiseworthy prose works produced by the Ottomans: religious commentaries; narratives; epics of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries; the histories of Âşıkpaşazade (d.
Ottoman Glories 49 Another remarkable woman poet was Leylâ Hanım (d. 1847). Her marriage lasted one week. Many of her own love poems were presumably addressed to women. By the standards of her day, she led a liberated life. Some of her daring verses scandalized the moralists of the period. Drink all you want in the rose-garden. Who cares what they say! Better enjoy life to the hilt. Who cares what they say! Could it be that my cruel lover sees my tears as dewdrops? Like a blooming rose, s/he is all smiles.