Beyond the Walls: Selected Poems

Beyond the Walls: Selected Poems

by Richard McKane, Nazim Hikmet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0856463299

ISBN-13: 9780856463297

Pub. Date: 06/01/2004

Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited


Nâzim Hikmet's poetry combines passion and simplicity with sophistication, producing work of enduring significance. He was both a superb narrative and lyric poet; his immense and continuing popularity in Turkey testifies to his common touch. This extensive selection ranges from his epic poem 'Sheikh Bedreddin' to the moving prison poems

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Nâzim Hikmet's poetry combines passion and simplicity with sophistication, producing work of enduring significance. He was both a superb narrative and lyric poet; his immense and continuing popularity in Turkey testifies to his common touch. This extensive selection ranges from his epic poem 'Sheikh Bedreddin' to the moving prison poems addressed to his wife. The book is introduced by the leading expert on Turkish literature, Talât Sait Halman, former Professor of Turkish Literature at Princeton and New York Universities and currently at Bilkent University, Ankara.
 
Nâzim Hikmet (1902-63), Turkey's greatest modern poet, was a political prisoner in Turkey for more than fourteen years and spent the last thirteen years of his life in exile, mainly in Russia, travelling widely through Europe and further afield.
 
Ruth Christie was born and educated in Scotland. She studied Turkish at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has taught English literature and has been translating novels, short stories and poetry from the Turkish for many years.
 
Richard McKane is a poet and the translator of Selected Poems of Anna Akhmatova' and, with Elizabeth McKane, of Mandelstam's The Moscow Notebooks' and The Voronezh Notebooks'. Anvil has published The Pillar of Fire', his selection from the poetry of Nikolay Gumilyov.
 
Ruth Christie and Richard McKane have jointly translated the Turkish poet Oktay Rifat's selected poems, Voices of Memory'.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780856463297
Publisher:
Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction9
Translators' Preface21
835 Lines
from 835 Lines
Weeping Willow27
The Worm in My Body29
To Become a Machine31
Extracts from the Diary of La Gioconda32
from Varan 3
Barefoot38
from The City That Lost its Voice
The Provocateur40
Maybe I42
Four Men and Four Bottles43
Advice to Our Children44
Why Did Benerjee Kill Himself?
from Telegram in the Night
The Blue-Eyed Giant, the Miniature Woman and the Honeysuckle45
Before He Left46
Three Cypresses47
from Portraits
My Poetry48
from Letters to Taranta-Babu
To Be Blind49
Eighth Letter to Taranta-Babu50
The Epic of Sheikh Bedreddin
The Dream51
1-1453
Sefik the Turner's Shirt73
Ahmed's Story74
The Epic of the War of Independence
from Chapter 4
A Letter and a Poem from Nurettin Esfak77
The Turkish Peasant79
from Chapter 7
'In the moonlight the ox-carts were rolling'80
from Chapter 8
'Galloping full tilt from furthest Asia'82
Poems Written Between 9 and 10 at Night (for his wife Piraye)83
from Four Prisons
Istanbul
'In Istanbul, in Tevkifane prison yard'97
1'My darling'98
2'I feel so happy I came into this world'99
3'I love my country'100
Concerning Death102
A Birth and a Factory Chimney105
The Doomsday Verses
1The Verse of the Signs107
2The Verse of Evaporation108
Ankara
Letters from a Man in Solitary109
Cankiri
Letters from Cankiri Prison (1-3)113
A Cracked Washbasin117
The Story of the Walnut Tree and Lame Yunus123
Bursa
Lodos130
A Strange Feeling133
Letter to Kemal Tahir135
A Poor Northern Church: Satan and the Priest138
Quatrains
Part 113 quatrains146
Part 26 quatrains149
Part 34 quatrains151
In Bursa's Fortress Prison
Poems 1929-1935
'Before the dawn embraces the mountains'152
Poems 1937-1951
'I want to die before you'153
'Suppose Istanbul my hometown sent me a cypress chest by sea'155
A Spring Scene156
'I Shut My Eyes Tight'158
In Bursa's Fortress Prison159
The Weirdest Creature in the World160
Illustration on the Cover of a Poetry Book161
Uludag162
Don Quixote164
On Living165
Angina Pectoris168
Occupation169
Autumn170
Advice for Someone Going into Prison171
Your Hands and the Lies173
Five Days into the Hunger Strike175
Sad Freedom177
New Poems
Testament179
Evening181
The Postman182
My Son is Growing up in Photographs184
'To chop down the plane tree'185
New Year's Day186
Munevver's Letter from Istanbul187
The Japanese Fisherman192
'Light of my eye, my darling!'194
I Got a Letter from Munevver, She Says195
I Wrote a Letter to Munevver, I Said196
The Walnut Tree197
The Last Bus198
Optimism200
A Journey201
Strontium 90202
Fable of Fables203
Chatting with Nezval who Died205
Bees207
Old Man on the Shore208
Great Humanity209
The Optimist210
The Icebreaker211
Last Poems
Two Loves212
The Three Storks Restaurant214
Morning Darkness215
'My woman came with me as far as Brest'217
In Beyazit Square218
Flaxen Hair219
'My time is coming'231
Autobiography232
'From stone, bronze, plaster, paper'234
Where Have We Come From, Where Are We Going?235
My Funeral237
AppendixEarly Poems (1913-1925)
'The Ways of God'241
Dream242
Old Man by the Brink of a Stream243
Water Wheel in the Kitchen Garden244
First Look at Anatolia245
The Dark Fanatical Forces246
Wanderlust247
Notes249
Index of Titles253

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