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, used to be the significant fabricated from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early demise in 1901 simply the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the remaining was once virtually entire and used to be obvious throughout the press through Gibb’s pal and literary executor, the Persian student E. G. Browne. The background was once designed to supply the 1st prolonged account in English of Ottoman literature. the 1st 4 volumes hide 4 developmental stages, principally below the impression 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 types. The 6th quantity comprises in Ottoman published script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the earlier volumes. No similar learn has seemed in English on the grounds that Gibb’s magnum opus. His historical past of Ottoman Poetry has turn into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless commonly observed and priceless for college students, students and an individual with a common curiosity in heart japanese literature and culture.

Volume I (originally released 1900, in the course of Gibb’s lifetime) starts with an advent at the foundation, personality and scope of Ottoman poetry, and gives an evidence of its valuable verse kinds and rhyme schemes. Gibb then discusses poets of the interval 1300 to round 1450, contemplating this a formative period within which poetry was once regularly extra ‘West-Turkish’ widespread and strongly encouraged via neighborhood dialect than Ottoman later turned. optimum 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 got a principal position in Turkish tradition via its recital each year in the course of celebrations at the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Gibb’s process in all volumes is to provide biographical info on each one author, drawn basically 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 these kinds of parts, a wealth of explanatory footnotes presents additional cultural depth.

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