A POEM FOR GAGAUZ TURKS BY BEHÇET KEMAL CAGLAR ‘TEKRAR BULDUGUM KARDESLERIME’
BEHÇET KEMAL ÇAĞLAR’DAN GAGAUZ TÜRKLERİ İÇİN BİR ŞİİR: “TEKRAR BULDUĞUM KARDEŞLERİME”

Author : Genç Osman GEÇER
Number of pages : 139-152

Abstract

The discovery of the Gagauz Turks was one of the most important events in the history of Turkish culture. 1930’s, due to the discovery of the Gagauz in Turkey and Romania created great excitement among the Turks. Books, articles, memoirs and translated works about Gagauz were published. Newspapers and magazines put this issue on their agenda and a lot of news was made. Scientific studies about the Gagauz in Turkey and Romania were held simultaneously and published. The Türk Birliği newspaper published in Romania, published both the news and articles related to the Gagauz in Turkey, as well as its original publication of the newspaper and expanded this subject as much as possible. The wave of excitement about the discovery of the Gagauz people also mobilized some poets. Behçet Kemal Çağlar who took the duty as describing the establishment philosophy and basic principles of the State of the Republic of Turkey via poetry wrote his poem titled ‘Tekrar Bulduğum Kardeşlerime’. The poem was published in the Türk Birliği newspaper published in Turkish in Romania in 1936. This poem by Behçet Kemal Çağlar is the first poem written about Gagauz in Turkish literature. Behçet Kemal's other poems were also published in the Türk Birliği newspaper. Although his other poems were included in the poetry books, his poem ‘Tekrar Bulduğum Kardeşlerime’ was not included in the books. This poem, which we think is forgotten as a result of carelessness or forgotten about as a result of not being prefered by the people who chose the poems for the books published after the poet’s death , is among the pages of the Türk Birliği newspaper. With this study, the text of the Gagauz poem has been unearthed and analyzed.

Keywords

Behcet Kemal Caglar, Gagauzlar, “Tekrar Buldugum Kardeslerime”, Poem, Romania, the Türk Birligi Newspaper

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