New PDF release: A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume II: 1450-1520 (Gibb

By E.J.W. Gibb

ISBN-10: 0906094194

ISBN-13: 9780906094198

The heritage of Ottoman Poetry, first released in six volumes among 1900 and 1909, was once the imperative made of E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early loss of life in 1901 merely the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the rest used to be nearly whole and used to be visible in the course of the press via Gibb’s pal and literary executor, the Persian student E. G. Browne. The historical past was once 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 college’ of Ottoman poetry produced in Gibb’s personal period and encouraged by way of French types. The 6th quantity includes in Ottoman published script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the past volumes. No related learn has seemed in English because Gibb’s magnum opus. His historical past of Ottoman Poetry has turn into a vintage paintings that's nonetheless extensively mentioned and precious for college kids, students and an individual with a normal curiosity in center jap literature and culture.

Volume II (originally released 1902) covers the interval 1450 to 1520, the early ‘classical age’. For Gibb, the reign of Mehmed II (1451-81) was once ‘the actual place to begin of Ottoman poetry’, while extra verse was once written within the more and more Persianized literary idiom of the Ottoman court docket, not like the fairly provincial Turkish sort of so much poets of the 1st interval. one of the top poets of this period are Cem Sultan (d. 1495), the brother of Bayezid II (1481-1512) held captive for a few years in France and Italy; the pass judgement on and courtier Ahmed Pasha (d.c. 1496) and Necati, the son of a slave (d. 1509). additionally mentioned is the paintings of Mihri Hatun of Amasya (d. after 1512), one of many few recognized Ottoman girls poets. Gibb offers prolonged summaries of the tales of Yusuf and Zuleika, and Leyla and Mecnun, either composed by way of Hamdi (d. 1509), as early Ottoman examples of conventional romances within the mesnevi variety of rhymed couplets.
Volume II comprises prefaces. the 1st is an obituary of Gibb by way of E. G. Browne, by way of a listing of the Persian and Turkish manuscripts in Gibb’s library on the time of his loss of life. the second one is Gibb’s meant preface, countering criticisms of the 1st quantity with a powerful defence of his determination to take advantage of an archaic kind of English in his translations.

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