Read e-book online A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume II: 1450-1520 (Gibb PDF

By E.J.W. Gibb

ISBN-10: 0906094194

ISBN-13: 9780906094198

The historical past of Ottoman Poetry, first released in six volumes among 1900 and 1909, was once the critical made of E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early dying in 1901 simply the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the remaining used to be nearly entire and used to be visible during the press by means of 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 disguise 4 developmental stages, mostly lower than the impact 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 includes in Ottoman revealed script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the past volumes. No similar research has seemed in English given that Gibb’s magnum opus. His background of Ottoman Poetry has develop into a vintage paintings that's nonetheless largely noted and important for college students, students and somebody with a common curiosity in heart japanese 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) used to be ‘the precise place to begin of Ottoman poetry’, while extra verse used to be written within the more and more Persianized literary idiom of the Ottoman court docket, not like the quite provincial Turkish sort of such a lot poets of the 1st interval. one of the best 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 identified Ottoman ladies poets. Gibb offers prolonged summaries of the tales of Yusuf and Zuleika, and Leyla and Mecnun, either composed via Hamdi (d. 1509), as early Ottoman examples of conventional romances within the mesnevi kind of rhymed couplets.
Volume II comprises prefaces. the 1st is an obituary of Gibb by way of E. G. Browne, via a listing of the Persian and Turkish manuscripts in Gibb’s library on the time of his demise. the second one is Gibb’s meant preface, countering criticisms of the 1st quantity with a strong defence of his determination to take advantage of an archaic type of English in his translations.

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