Yunus Emre

(1238-1320 / Turkey)

Yunus Emre
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Yunus Emre (1240?–1321?) was a Turkish poet and Sufi mystic. He has exercised immense influence on Turkish literature, from his own day until the present. Because Yunus Emre is, after Ahmet Yesevi and Sultan Veled, one of the first known Turkish poets to have composed works in the spoken Turkish of his own age and region rather than in Persian or Arabic, his diction remains very close to the popular speech of his contemporaries in Central and Western Anatolia. This is also the language of a number of anonymous folk-poets, folk-songs, fairy tales, riddles (tekerlemeler), and proverbs.

Like the Oghuz language Book of Dede Korkut, an older and anonymous Central Asian epic, the ... more »

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O God, If You Would Ever Question Me

O God, if you would ever question me,
This would be my outright answer to Thee:

True, I sinned-brutalised my own being,
But what Have I done against you, my King?

Did I make myself? I'm your creation.
Why drench me in sin, Benevolent One?


I saw dungeons when I opened my eyes-
Teeming with devils, temptation and lies.


To shun death by Hunger, many a time,
In prison, I had to eat dirt and grime.


Did your dominion become any less?
Did I usurp any of your prowess?


Are you Hungry? Did I eat your ration?
Did I ...

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