“Gençlik ve Edebiyat Hatıraları” [Memories of Youth and Literature] is a work in which great personalities of the different literary periods are analyzed both as a person, as an author or poet; besides this, it is a work which, with the words of Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, is an original work written in the style of a novel. Although almost every piece of information that Yakup Kadri gives about characters is based on his personal experiences, he reinforces them with theoretical explanations, so even if the work is written in the form of a memoir, thanks to the balance between practice and theory it possesses the credibility and Stability of a literary history. The crucial point of the narrative style that guarantees the authenticity of the memories is the masterly placement of teşbih or istiare [~simile] based uses within the context. The analysis of this work, in which eleven rather important personalities for Turkish literature after the Tanzimat (Mehmet Rauf, Şababettin Süleyman, Refik Halit, Ahmet Haşim, Yahya Kemal, Cenap Şahabettin, Süleyman Nazif, Abdülhak Hamit, Tevfik Fikret, Abdülhak Şinasi, Halide Edip) are told, will not only give us some evidence of Yakup Kadri's style, but at the same time we will (even if Yakup Kadri emphasizes that he does not act like a Literature teacher) explain the use of one of the most effective and consistent methods of education.
Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, Memories of Youth and Literature, Simile, Metaphor, Analogy
|Author :||Mehmet Akif DUMAN|
|Number of pages:||1189-1203|