E.J.W. Gibb's A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume II: 1450-1520 (Gibb PDF

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, used to be the central manufactured from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early demise in 1901 in simple terms the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the remaining was once nearly entire and used to be obvious in the course of the press by means of Gibb’s buddy and literary executor, the Persian pupil 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 effect 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 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 due to the fact that Gibb’s magnum opus. His background of Ottoman Poetry has turn into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless extensively said and invaluable for college students, students and a person with a basic 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) was once ‘the precise place to begin of Ottoman poetry’, while extra verse was once written within the more and more Persianized literary idiom of the Ottoman courtroom, not like the particularly provincial Turkish type 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 recognized Ottoman ladies poets. Gibb offers prolonged summaries of the tales of Yusuf and Zuleika, and Leyla and Mecnun, either composed by means of Hamdi (d. 1509), as early Ottoman examples of conventional romances within the mesnevi type of rhymed couplets.
Volume II includes prefaces. the 1st is an obituary of Gibb through E. G. Browne, by means of an inventory 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 strong defence of his determination to take advantage of an archaic kind of English in his translations.

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