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Nightingales & Pleasure Gardens.

Nightingales & Pleasure Gardens

Talat S. Halman, editor

Syracuse University Press

1600 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210

0815608357 $16.95 1-800-365-8929

Nightingales & Pleasure Gardens is a gathering of Turkish poetry from the sixth century A.D. to the present day, including passages from epics, classical poems of the Ottoman Empire, folk poems, and enduring verses by immortal authors such as Rumi, Yunus Emre, Nazim Hikment, Fazil Husnu Daglarca, and more, all skillfully translated into English by Talat S.Halman. The common thread of entries in the anthology is that, with a uniquely Turkish spirit, they capture the emotion of love in all its forms and foibles. Some praise love; others satirize it, all do their part to reveal the many faceted splendors of a truly mysterious emotion. A collection of brief biographical notes of the various authors rounds out this excellent romantic gift or contribution to poetry shelves. "Say just one word to me, make one promise, / My lovely brunette with moles on her face / And those bewitching, enslaving eyes. / If you could hear how may loving heart cries."
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Author:Lane, Margaret
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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