By E.J.W. Gibb
Volume II (originally released 1902) covers the interval 1450 to 1520, the early ‘classical age’. For Gibb, the reign of Mehmed II (1451-81) used to be ‘the precise start line of Ottoman poetry’, whilst extra verse used to be written within the more and more Persianized literary idiom of the Ottoman court docket, not like the particularly provincial Turkish type of so much poets of the 1st interval. one of the major 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 identified Ottoman ladies poets. Gibb offers prolonged summaries of the tales of Yusuf and Zuleika, and Leyla and Mecnun, either composed by way of Hamdi (d. 1509), as early Ottoman examples of conventional romances within the mesnevi variety of rhymed couplets.
Volume II comprises prefaces. the 1st is an obituary of Gibb through E. G. Browne, via an inventory of the Persian and Turkish manuscripts in Gibb’s library on the time of his dying. the second one is Gibb’s meant preface, countering criticisms of the 1st quantity with a strong defence of his selection to take advantage of an archaic type of English in his translations.
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