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Prof. Dr. Metin Karadağ, the dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Sciences, and Asst. Prof. Mihrican Aylanç, the vice dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Sciences in Cyprus International University (CIU)  appeared as guests in a live broadcast, named “Two Continents Three Bridges”, of TRT Kent Istanbul Radio.  “Autumn in Literature” subject was handled in the program because of the equinox that happens on the 23rd September and the program attracted considerable attention.

“According to old Turkish beliefs, Autumn comes with the flapping of eagles”

Prof. Dr. Metin Karadağ, the dean, expressed that September which is the ninth month in the calendars of the Western countries, is “septem”, that is to say, is the seventh month in Latin. He also gave some examples of autumn-fall themes from whole world mythology. Prof. Dr. Karadağ stated that autumn comes with the flapping of eagles and later on humans are in touch with nature as in Neolithic period. Karadağ also talked about villages, folk songs and proverbs in the Turkish folk culture and gave examples from autumn-hazan, fall themes from Karacaoglan, Erzurumlu Emrah and Gevheri.


 “Poets started looking at the nature with a new visual”

Asst. Prof. Dr. Mihrican Aylanç, the vice dean, commented on the usage of autumn metaphor in modern Turkish poetry. Aylanç stressed that autumn means hazan in Persian and it comes from the same base with sadness and sorrowful words. She added that Tanzimat literature era poets started looking at the nature with a new visual and especially in the spring she feels confused and helpless with the colour, smell and the sound harmony of the nature.

Aylanç, sonbaharın modern şiirde insan ömrünün son dönemine, ölüme, ayrılığa ve göçe, kimi yönleriyle de hasat mevsimine, arınma ve umuda göndermelerde bulunan metaforik bir kullanıma sahip olduğunu Türk ve Kıbrıs şiirinden sunduğu örnek metinlerle aktardı. 

Asst. Prof. Dr. Aylanç stated that the poets mentioned their personal depressions through the nature and through the contrast of spring under the pressure of Abdulhamit period. She added that the autumn sadness is felt in the Servet-i Fünûn poets and they used the nature as a tool on reflecting their pathetic feelings in their inner world. Aylanç said that autumn is used as a metaphor that makes reference in the last period of human life, the death, separation and immigration in the modern poetry and also, in some aspects, to harvest, purification and hope. Aylanç explained it with sample texts from Turkish and Cypriot poetry.    


Last updated: 07-10-2016