A Study Guide for Nazim Hikmet's "Letter to My Wife," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
Written in free verse and employing such cinematic techniques as flashbacks, pans, zooms, dissolves, and jump cuts, this stunning 17,000 line novel in verse traces the fortunes of men and women during Turkey's change from an Islamic empire to a secular republic and exemplifies his vision of life as a communal experiment in creating a world in the image of our dreams.
This guide highlights the place of translation in our culture, encouraging awareness of the process of translating and the choices involved, making the translator more 'visible'. Concentrating on major writers and works, it covers translations out of many languages, from Greek to Hungarian, Korean to Turkish. For some works (e.g. Virgil's Aeneid) which have been much translated, the discussion is historical and critical, showing how translation has evolved over the centuries and bringing out the differences between versions. Elsewhere, with less familiar literatures, the Guide examines the extent to which translation has done justice to the range of work available.
2019 issue of hasret / longing includes poems by the winners of the Eleventh Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, an article on the Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca by Prof. Irene Gomez-Castellano, poems of the Turkish poet, Sukru Erbas, translated to English by Gokcenur C and Neil P. Doherty and an interview with Efe Duyan on Turkish poetry.