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Yunus Emre

Born in 1238 / Died in 1320 / Turkey / Arabic

Yunus Emre poet from Turkey was born in 1238, had 82 years and died in 1320. Poems were written in Age of reason mainly in Arabic language. Dominant movement is existentialism.


Yunus Emre (1240–1321) was a Turkish poet and Sufi mystic. He has exercised immense influence on Turkish literature, from his own day until the present. Because Yunus Emre is, after Ahmet Yesevi and Sultan Walad, one of the first known Turkish poets to have composed works in the spoken Turkish of his own age and region rather than in Persian or Arabic, his diction remains very close to the popular speech of his contemporaries in Central and Western Anatolia. This is also the language of a number of anonymous folk-poets, folk-songs, fairy tales, riddles (tekerlemeler), and proverbs..