A History of Ottoman Poetry Volume IV: 1700-1850: 1700-1850 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 important fabricated from E.J.W. Gibb’s devotion to Ottoman Turkish literature. by the point of his early demise in 1901 merely the 1st quantity had seemed in print. the rest was once virtually whole and was once visible throughout the press via Gibb’s pal 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 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 college’ of Ottoman poetry produced in Gibb’s personal period and encouraged via French versions. The 6th quantity includes in Ottoman revealed script the texts of all works quoted in English translation within the prior volumes. No similar examine has seemed in English due to the fact Gibb’s magnum opus. His background of Ottoman Poetry has develop into a vintage paintings that is nonetheless largely noted and priceless for college kids, students and an individual with a common curiosity in center japanese literature and culture.

Volume IV (originally released 1905) covers Ottoman poets of the eighteenth and early 19th centuries, a interval appeared by way of Gibb as one among transition among the classical age of the 16th and 17th centuries, and that of the fashionable university starting round 1860. Persian affects upon Ottoman verse started to collapse to extra Turkish types, the Ottomans having grown weary of being, in response to Gibb, ‘the parrots of the Persians’. the 2 tendencies however persisted part through facet for it slow, a competition among the hot, extra sprightly Romanticism, sparkling ‘with a brightness of neighborhood colour’, as represented through Nedim (d. 1730), Sheykh Ghalib (d. 1799), and Sunbulzade Vehbi (d. 1809), and the remainder Persianist culture exemplified by means of the poetry of the grand vezir Mehmed Raghib Pasha (d. 1763).

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