Turkish Poetry in Translation

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Poetry with a Turkish Accent

A short look into earlier Turkish poetry
Read poems dating from the 13th century till early 20th century.
Hymns of Sacrifice from an Alevi village
Read a part of the oral tradition, recorded by Thomas McElwain (alias Ali Haydar)
Notes on Turkish Poetry
Read the introductory notes on Turkish Poetry by Mustafa Ziyalan which was presented in the 9th International Translation Conference.

Short guide to largest collections...

Nazim Hikmet's homepage
You really do not know anything about Turkish poetry if you haven't heard of Nazim Hikmet yet.
Orhan Veli Kanik's homepage
Sample the sensitive, fragile and laconic verse of Orhan Veli for another look at Turkish Poetry.
Poems by Orhan Veli, Translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat,
Hanging Loose Press 1989, the complete book.
A large collection from the timeless book, translations by Talat Sait Halman, introduction by Yasar Nabi Nayir. Turkish originals and English translations stand side by side in this new addition to the pages.
Istanbul Boy
Autobiography of Aziz Nesin, Translated by Joseph S. Jacobson
Copyright University of Texas Press, 1995.
Disclaimer: The book resides in its entirety at the above linked site. No parts of this book is copied or duplicated at this site. All publishing rights belong to University of Texas Press.

Gulten Akin (1933-)
Akgün Akova (1962-)
Melih Cevdet Anday (1915-)
Ahmed Arif (1927-1991)
Ozdemir Asaf (1923-1981)
Ece Ayhan (1931-)
Cuneyt Ayral (1954-)
Ataol Behramoglu (1942-)
Ilhan Berk (1918-)
Edip Cansever (1928-1986)
Fazil Husnu Daglarca (1914-)
Ahmet Muhip Diranas (1909-1980)
Metin Cengiz (1953-)
Tevfik Fikret (1867-1915)
Nazim Hikmet (1909-1963)
Izzet Goldeli (1948-)
Turkan Ildeniz (1938-)
Attila Ilhan (1925-)
Ozdemir Ince (1936-)
Orhan Veli Kanik (1914-1950)
Cahit Kulebi (1917-)
Ozkan Mert (1944-)
Ayten Mutlu (1952-)
Behcet Necatigil (1916-1979)
Kaan Ozbayrak (1963-)
Oktay Rifat (1914-1988)
Cemal Sureya (1931-1990)
Ulku Tamer (1937-)

Cahit Sitki Taranci (1910-1956)
Turgut Uyar (1927-1985)
Umit Yasar Oguzcan (1926-1984)
Hilmi Yavuz (1936-)
Can Yucel (1926-)
Nihat Ziyalan (1936-)
Mustafa Ziyalan (1959-)