A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume I: 1300-1450: 1300-1450 by E.J.W. Gibb

By E.J.W. Gibb

The historical past of Ottoman Poetry, first released in six volumes among 1900 and 1909, used to be the important made from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early loss of life in 1901 purely the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the rest was once nearly whole and used to be visible throughout the press by means of Gibb’s good friend and literary executor, the Persian pupil E. G. Browne. The historical past used to be designed to supply the 1st prolonged account in English of Ottoman literature. the 1st 4 volumes hide 4 developmental levels, mostly less than 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 means 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 research has seemed in English in view that Gibb’s magnum opus. His background of Ottoman Poetry has develop into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless commonly talked about and necessary for college kids, 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 creation at the starting place, personality and scope of Ottoman poetry, and gives an evidence of its important verse varieties and rhyme schemes. Gibb then discusses poets of the interval 1300 to round 1450, contemplating this a formative period within which poetry was once in general extra ‘West-Turkish’ fashionable and strongly encouraged by means of neighborhood dialect than Ottoman later turned. 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 important position in Turkish tradition via its recital every year in the course of celebrations at the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Gibb’s process in all volumes is to provide biographical details 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 some of these components, a wealth of explanatory footnotes offers additional cultural depth.

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