A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume I: 1300-1450: 1300-1450 - download pdf or read online

By E.J.W. Gibb

The background of Ottoman Poetry, first released in six volumes among 1900 and 1909, was once the imperative made from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early loss of life in 1901 merely the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the remaining used to be virtually entire and was once obvious throughout the press by means of Gibb’s buddy and literary executor, the Persian student E. G. Browne. The heritage was once designed to supply the 1st prolonged account in English of Ottoman literature. the 1st 4 volumes hide 4 developmental stages, principally less than the impact of Persian literature, from round 1300 to the center of the 19th century. The 5th quantity introduces the ‘New institution’ of Ottoman poetry produced in Gibb’s personal period and encouraged by way of French versions. The 6th quantity includes in Ottoman revealed script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the past volumes. No related learn has seemed in English seeing that Gibb’s magnum opus. His heritage of Ottoman Poetry has develop into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless broadly pointed out and invaluable for college students, students and somebody with a normal curiosity in center japanese literature and culture.

Volume I (originally released 1900, in the course of Gibb’s lifetime) starts off with an advent at the foundation, personality and scope of Ottoman poetry, and offers an evidence of its important verse kinds and rhyme schemes. Gibb then discusses poets of the interval 1300 to round 1450, contemplating this a formative period during which poetry used to be more often than not extra ‘West-Turkish’ fashionable and strongly inspired via neighborhood dialect than Ottoman later grew to become. most efficient one of the poets mentioned are Sultan Veled (d. 1312), son of the respected mystic Celaleddin Rumi; Yunus Emre (fl. early 1300s), a grasp of ‘rugged’ mystical verse within the Turkish syllabic metre; and Süleyman Çelebi (d. 1422) writer of the Mevlid, a ‘Hymn at the Prophet’s Nativity’ which obtained a primary position in Turkish tradition via its recital every year in the course of celebrations at the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Gibb’s technique in all volumes is to provide biographical info on every one author, drawn essentially from Ottoman biographical dictionaries of poets, by way of English translations of a few in their extra major poems and synopses of longer texts. For most of these parts, a wealth of explanatory footnotes offers additional cultural depth.

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