MEHMET AKIF ERSOY'S EVALUATION ON HIS TIME AND THE WEST IN THE LIGHT OF SAFAHAT


Dayanc M.

SELCUK UNIVERSITESI EDEBIYAT FAKULTESI DERGISI-SELCUK UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF LETTERS, cilt.27, ss.131-152, 2012 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 27
  • Basım Tarihi: 2012
  • Dergi Adı: SELCUK UNIVERSITESI EDEBIYAT FAKULTESI DERGISI-SELCUK UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF LETTERS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.131-152

Özet

Mehmet Akif Ersoy, testifying the last years of the Ottoman Empire and the Emergence of new Turkish Republic, personally experienced numerous challenges arising through the transition from empire to national state. The experiences dwelled during this troubled times deeply affected our view and removed the curtain in the eyes of Turkish nation, there by debunking the mask of the Western. Akif was one of the pioneers lighting such illumination era. The poet, well acquainted with the West, East, his geography and nation, was well aware of the scientific development sand accumulations of the West. He did not take a hostile stand against the reservoirs of the western and considered to make use of them to stand and survive. In the present manuscript, we aimed to reveal not only the affirmative and attractant aspects of the West but also its noxious sides using the Safahat, a well-known study of Akif.