By E. J. W. Gibb

The background of Ottoman Poetry, first released in six volumes among 1900 and 1909, used to be the valuable fabricated from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early demise in 1901 purely the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the rest used to be nearly entire and was once visible in the course of the press by means of Gibb’s buddy and literary executor, the Persian pupil E. G. Browne. The heritage 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 tuition’ of Ottoman poetry produced in Gibb’s personal period and encouraged via French types. The 6th quantity includes in Ottoman revealed script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the earlier volumes. No similar learn has seemed in English seeing that Gibb’s magnum opus. His historical past of Ottoman Poetry has develop into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless greatly pointed out and beneficial for college students, students and an individual with a normal curiosity in center 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 figuring out, this was once the period of maximum Persian impression upon Ottoman poetry, and used to be at its so much wonderful within the reign of Süleyman (1520-66). nearly all of the main renowned Ottoman poets flourished in those centuries, drawn from all walks of existence and lots of elements of the empire, from the manager jurisconsult Yahya Efendi (d. 1644) and the manager 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 fellow of letters from Urfa, Nabi Efendi (d. 1712). furthermore, 8 of the preferred verse romances written during this interval are summarised in an appendix.

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