A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume III: 1520-1600: 1520-1600 by E. J. W. Gibb

By E. J. W. Gibb

The background of Ottoman Poetry, first released in six volumes among 1900 and 1909, used to be the crucial made from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early loss of life in 1901 basically the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the remaining used to be nearly entire and used to be visible during the press by way of Gibb’s pal and literary executor, the Persian student E. G. Browne. The background used to be designed to supply the 1st prolonged account in English of Ottoman literature. the 1st 4 volumes disguise 4 developmental stages, principally lower than the impression of Persian literature, from round 1300 to the center of the 19th century. The 5th quantity introduces the ‘New university’ of Ottoman poetry produced in Gibb’s personal period and encouraged through French types. The 6th quantity includes in Ottoman revealed script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the prior volumes. No related examine has seemed in English given that Gibb’s magnum opus. His heritage of Ottoman Poetry has develop into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless broadly said and worthy for college kids, students and a person with a normal curiosity in heart jap literature and culture.

Volume III (originally released 1904) covers either the second one a part of the ‘classical age’ of Ottoman poetry, from 1520 to the early 17th century, and the following ‘late classical age’ to c. 1700. In Gibb’s realizing, this was once the period of maximum Persian impact upon Ottoman poetry, and used to be at its so much remarkable within the reign of Süleyman (1520-66). the vast majority of the main renowned Ottoman poets flourished in those centuries, drawn from all walks of lifestyles and lots of components of the empire, from the executive jurisconsult Yahya Efendi (d. 1644) and the executive pass judgement on Baki (d. 1600), to the Nakshbandi sufi Lami’i Çelebi of Bursa (d. 1531), Fuzuli of Baghdad (d. 1556), the Albanian-born soldier Yahya Bey (d. 1575), the satirist Nef’i from Erzurum (executed c. 1635), and the guy of letters from Urfa, Nabi Efendi (d. 1712). moreover, 8 of the most well-liked verse romances written during this interval are summarised in an appendix.

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