Macedonia to commemorate Turkey's Yahya Kemal for first time

One of the leading poets of Turkish Literature, Yahya Kemal Beyatlı will be commemorated in Macedonia for the 50. anniversary of his death.

Macedonia to commemorate Turkey's Yahya Kemal for first time
World Bulletin / News Desk

One of the leading poets of Turkish Literature, Yahya Kemal Beyatlı will be commemorated in Macedonia for the 50. anniversary of his death.

The leading poet will be remembered in his birth place for the first time with an organization that arranged by Macedonia Turkish Civil Society Organizations Union in Skopje.

The ceremony will take place in Macodania Writers Association on today at 12 pm. Fahri Kaya and Mateya Matevski will speak at the event.

Yahya Kemal Beyatlı (December 2, 1884 - November 1, 1958) was a leading Turkish poet and author, as well as a politician.

Yahya Kemal Biography

He was born in Skopje, Ottoman State, in 1884. His mather`s name was Zaynep, his father`s name was Salih Alp, and his real name was Ahmed Agâh. He completed his secondary education at Vefa High School in Istanbul. Beyatlı got involved with various anti-regime movements towards Sultan Abdülhamit II. To avoid arrest, he escaped to Paris in 1903. During his study in Paris, he came under the influence of his teacher Albert Sorrel and some of his ideas had changed.

He lived in Paris for nine years. During his time abroad, he met important Turkish intellectuals, politicians and writers who were also exiles. He traveled extensively in Europe and was exposed to various cultures. Beyatlı eventually decided that he wanted to write poetry, and he studied the historical works Eastern literature after learning Arabic and Persian. Consequently, he focused on Turkish divan poetry.

He returned to Istanbul in 1913. Yahya Kemal Beyatlı tought history and literature at the Darulfunun (today`s İstanbul University) He wrote articles for magazines and newspapers. He was appointed for various high level governmental positions. Beyatlı became a parliamentarian for the Tekirdağ and Istanbul provinces, and he attended Lausanne Treaty negotations. İn 1947 he was appointed as the first Turkish ambassador to Pakistan, but after this assignment, his health got progressively worse, and he returned to Turkey in 1949. He went to Paris for diagnosis but his health was never fully restored. He died on November 1, 1958 in Istanbul.

Beyatlı's poetry is influenced by music, because he composed with concepts borrowed from Turkish music. While explaining the inner rhythm of the poetic language, he used musical terms such as Tınnet, which denoted the musical value of the sounds or words that pace a line of poetry. For Beyatlı this was the only method for creating internal harmony. He states, "Poetry is akin to music. Poetry is not made of couplets, but poetry is melody." For the most part, Beyatlı was consistent and practiced what he preached; in his poetry, music and meaning go hand-in-hand.

The central thought that runs through Beyatlı's poems and prose is that the Turkish nation is fashioned with the sweat and tears of the heartland. Even his love poems featured stylized historical and cultural values. Another peculiarity that can be perceived in Beyatlı's poetry is the almost feminine sensibility that he displayed towards Islam. His explanation for this is that his father spent very little time with him, and that his first lessons in religion came from long hours spent talking with his mother. Beyatlı grew up in a household where religious hymns and chants were sung, where values of the past were kept alive, hence in his poems he used religion and esthetics together.

Death is our end, we're not afraid of it,
But it's hard to be away from the motherland.

Yahya Kemal Beyatli's works:

Poetry: Kendi Gök Kubbemiz (Our Own Sky, 1961), Eski Şiirin Rüzgârıyle (With the Wind of the Old Poetry, 1962), Rubailer ve Hayyam Rubailerini Türkçe Söyleyiş (The Rubai's and Rubai's of Ömer Hayyam in Turkish, 1963), Bitmemiş Şiirler (Incomplete Poems, 1976).
Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2009, 21:48
Add Comment