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FAMOUS TURKISH POETS AND WRITERS. MEVLANA CELALEDDIN RUMI Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is a 13th century Muslim saint and Anatolian mystic known throughout.

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2 MEVLANA CELALEDDIN RUMI Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi is a 13th century Muslim saint and Anatolian mystic known throughout the world for his exquisite poems and words of wisdom, which have been translated into many languages. Rumi, as he is known in the west, is the best selling poet. The United Nations declared 2007 The Year of Rumi and celebrations were held world wide. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love.


4 There is a life in you, search that life, Search the secret jewel in the mountain of your body, Hey you, the passing away friend, look for with all your strength, Whatever you are looking for, look in yourself not around.


6 YUNUS EMRE (1238 – 1320) Yunus Emre was a Turkish poet and Sufi mystic. He has exercised immense influence on Turkish literature, from his own day until the present Yunus' impact on Turkish culture can be seen in various ways. During the efforts to purify the Turkish language in the 1920's his poetry was a prime example of the dialect of Anatolian peasants. Several authors claim that many idioms in everyday language are actually verses from his poetry. His philosophy, metaphysics and humanism have been examined in various symposiums and conferences on a regular basis both in Turkey and abroad. UNESCO named Yunus Emre one of the main cultural figures of world, and dedicated 1991 as "The International Yunus Emre Year". His work has been translated into several languages, and historians consider his system of thought important for clues about thirteenth-century Anatolia. These are just some examples of Emre's impact on comtemporary Turkish society.

7 Mehmed Akif Ersoy (1873 - 1936) A great Turkish - Islamic poet, he has also written the lyrics of our national anthem.

8 Independence Hymn (Turkish National Anthem) (The first and the second stanzas out of ten) Fear not, the crimson banner that proudly ripples in this glorious dawn, shall not fade, Before the last fiery hearth that is ablaze within my homeland is extinguished. For that is the star of my people, and it will forever shine; It is mine; and solely belongs to my valiant nation. Frown not, I beseech you, oh thou coy crescent, Smile upon my heroic nation! Why the anger, why the rage? Our blood which we shed for you might not be worthy otherwise; For freedom is the absolute right of my God-worshipping nation.

9 Nâzım Hikmet (1902 –1963) Nazim Hikmet was born in 1902 in Salonika. He was exposed to poetry at an early age through his artist mother and poet grandfather, and had his first poems published when he was seventeen. Many of his works have been translated into English. Hikmet died of a heart attack in Moscow in 1963. The first modern Turkish poet, he is recognized around the world as one of the great international poets of the twentieth century.

10 A poem by Nazım Hıkmet Thinking of You Thinking of you is pretty, hopeful, It is like listening to the most beautiful song From the most beautiful voice on earth... But hope is not enough for me any more, I don't want to listen to songs any more, I want to sing.

11 Orhan Veli Kanık (1914-1950) Orhan Veli was born in Istanbul. His father was a conductor of the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He is known for advocating a poetry without excessive stylistic elements and adjectives, and preferring a style closer to free- verse. He is known for his unique voice, and depth of emotion underlying the seemingly easy-coming nature of his verse. His poetry is highly admired by the public as well as in academic circles.

12 I am listening to Istanbul I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed; At first there blows a gentle breeze And the leaves on the trees Softly flutter or sway; Out there, far away, The bells of water carriers incessantly ring; I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed; Then suddenly birds fly by, Flocks of birds, high up, in a hue and cry While nets are drawn in the fishing grounds And a woman's feet begin to dabble in the water. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. I am listening to Istanbul, intent, my eyes closed. The Grand Bazaar is serene and cool, A hubbub at the hub of the market, Mosque yards are brimful of pigeons, At the docks while hammers bang and clang Spring winds bear the smell of sweat; …..

13 Asık Veysel (1894 - 1973) Asik Veysel (Veysel Satiroglu) is among the minstrels of the Republican era. Born in the Sivrialan village of Sarkisla (district of Sivas), he lost his sight at the age of 7 during a smallpox epidemic. He developed his talents as he got familiar with the broken saz (string instrument) given to him by his father to keep him entertained He gained recognition after 1931. He reached Ankara for the 10th year anniversary of the Republic established by Atatürk after traveling on foot for three months. He traveled around the country, reciting his poetry and playing his saz. He was a teacher of folk songs at various village institutes (a kind of teacher training academy). His house he lived in Sivas was restored and converted into a museum in 1982. All poems of Asik Veysel were collected and published with the title "Let the Friends Remember Me" (1970).

14 Your Beauty is Utterly Worthless Your beauty is utterly worthless If I dont love you You can not find any place to enjoy If there is not a home in my heart Who would read? Who would write? Who would unravel this knot? Sheep would get along well with wolf Unless thoughts vary Your beautiful face would not be seen This love would not be revived inside me Rose would not be valued If there were not lovers I took this cry from you This was the taste of world Name Veysel would not be remembered If he did not love you.

15 Halide Edip Adivar (1884 - 1964) The renown novelist who was one of the heroes of the national independence movement, has written stories which could penetrate to the depths of human soul and which could excite the reader. She has proven herself as an analytical novelist which could effectively bring to life exceptional female characters who are sometimes hurt when faced with the eternal power of love and passion situations which also push the stories forward, but who never bend. This is seen particularly in "Seviye Talib" published in 1909, "Raik'in Annesi" (1910) and "Handan" (1912). She has also proven with her novel "Son Eseri", published in 1912 that she was a master of creating characters who are equipped with an unfailing love of art, and who posses an infinite source of excitement. She started publishing the paper Yeni Turan in the same year. Her most famous works are "Sinekli Bakkal", "Vurun Kahpeye", "Kalp Agrisi" and "Zeyno'nun Oglu".


17 ORHAN PAMUK Orhan Pamuk is a world famous and Nobel prize winner Turkish novelist from modern times. He was born in Istanbul on 7th of June 1952. During his childhood in Nisantasi neighborhood, he dreamed to become a painter so he kept painting until he was 22 years old. He was graduated from the Robert College high school in Istanbul and then went to Istanbul Technical University to study architecture. But after 3 years of architecture studies, he changed his mind and quit the school then studied journalism at the Istanbul University, but he didn't become a journalist neither. So, at the age of 23 he decided to become a writer and left everything behind to dedicate himself in writing. Orhan Pamuk became a writer in 1974. In 1979, his first novel "Karanlik ve Isik" (Darkness and Light from Turkish) won the first prize during the Milliyet Novel Competition. This novel was published as a book in 1982 under the name of "Cevdet Bey ve Ogullari" (Mister Cevdet and His Sons), and then he won another prize in 1983 with the same book at the Orhan Kemal Novel prizes. Many of his later books won also several international prizes all around the world, his novels are classified under the post-modern novels category. Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006, becoming the first Turkish citizen to win such a prize and one of the two youngest persons to get this prize

18 ELİF ŞAFAK Elif Şafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award- winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as "one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature". Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Safak has published twelve books, eight of which are novels. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English. Safak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls. Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. Shafak's writing breaks down categories, clichés, and cultural ghettoes. She also has a keen eye for black humor.

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