Paperback • 48 pages
Translation of Yunus Emre by Murat Yagan
Yunus Emre, the Minstrel of Sufism, was a simple man with the vocabulary of a shepherd. He lived at the turn of the 13th century (died 1320?) in what is now central Turkey. Like Chaucer, he was the first poet to write the common language of his people. His songs are still sung today, beloved for the simplicity and clarity with which they express the experience of the human heart. Included in the volume are three poems addressed to Yunus by later mystics. As testimonial to what they perceived in him they wrote in perfect imitation of his own style, making themselves one with him in reverence.
In this work poet and translator become one, inviting us to share a sense of communion with the divine beyond time and space.