A NEO-CLASSİCAL BALKAN POET’S REQUIEM ON MOTHERLAND: SKOPJE AND MACEDONİA İN THE POETRY OF ABDULFETTAH RAUF-1
Assist. Prof. Dr. Ertuğrul KARAKUŞ
University of Kirklareli – Turkey, Faculty of Literature
One of the main themes covered in the poems of Abdulfettah Rauf is ‘motherland’. When we consider closely the period in which he worked, we may see that the Balkans and the Muslim world, and especially Skopje and Macedonia, have faced dramatic consequences caused by the continuous wars. All these wars have been the cause of negative political and cultural changes. Therefore, the political and cultural conditions of the geographical area where he was born, grew up and lived—which he describes as ‘motherland’—and the ‘motherland’ which was in his imagination, is quite different. This is why the poet faces his motherland with nostalgia and love, hope and despair together.
In his poems, we sometimes see the poet exceeding the boundaries of Skopje and Macedonia. We see him considering Islamic countries like Egypt, Algeria, and Tatarstan as his own motherland and grappling with matters happening in those countries.
If we have a look at Abdulfettah Rauf’s poems from the perspective of ‘motherland’ and the conditions of that period, we can see that this theme is rarely covered in his poems in general. If we take a more general look at the poems related to ‘motherland’ in terms of his meaning, we can conclude that they are in the type of what we may call a ‘motherland lament’. Moreover, when we analyze his poems without having in mind his ideologies, we may say that Abdulfettah Rauf deserves to be considered a ‘motherland poet’.
Key words: Abdulfettah Rauf, Skopje, Macedonia, motherland, Balkan poetry
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