Author(s): Selim SOMUNCU

Ismet Ozel, a poet of the 1960s, changed his left-wing views that he supported since the 1960s by devoting himself to the notion of Pan-Islamism in 1971. Apart from this change, a second turning point in Ozel’s biography is related to his inclination for the notion of Turkishness. In 1999, Ozel started to present his ideas to his audience with a new notion of Turk and Turkishness whose content he could complete or organize as he wished, and this new notion of Turkisness has occupied a significant place in his worldview after 2003. Despite the changes in his views, one thing that has remained the same in Ismet Ozel’s life, since he started his writing career, was his frequent use of the concepts of modernization and capitalism in the realm of science, technology, urbanization and civilization. Being quite different from the ideas of many other Turkish highbrows in relation to these topics, Ozel’s views had rather keen and critical contents. In this study, the general characteristics of IsmetOzel’s poems will be examined with a focus on their themes and contents. Then an analysis of one of his poems called “D?sler?m?z Aras?ndak? Ceset” (The Corpse Between Our Teeth) which deals with the criticism of modernization and capitalism will be made. When Ozel’s other poems, notion of poetry, and writings in some other literary genres are considered as a whole, the main principles of this combination will often be used to analyze the poem.


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