Author(s): Sag?p ATLI
As Kastamonu is the bridge between north-east and north-west because of its geographical position, it has become an important cultural and commercial center approximately in every period. Especially in 19th century, turning into a center for poet-singers’ meeting, it hosted many different minstrels. Hence it increased the respect of region people toward minstrels, it led to raise of many minstrels and made a major contribution to the minstrel tradition both in the region and outside. One of the minstrels raised in Kastamonu in 19th century is Minstrel Kemâlî. Minstrel Kemâlî living in Kastamonu between the years 1821 and 1892, was closed to the traditional poetry by taking madrasah education and he wrote and sang poems in syllabic meter beside aruz. While in his early years he was the member of Sadiyye dervish order, later he joined Bektashi dervish order, kept to it and dealt with the rules and principles of this order in his poems. A brief introduction about Minstrel Kemâlî’s life and his literary personality will be given in this article firstly, and then his unpublished poems that we have found in his divance, cönk and many other journals will be analyzed in terms of form and content.