A great Turkish - Islamic poet, he has also written the lyrics of our national
anthem. Akif practically screams with his poetry where he displays a striking
strong voice which kindles nationalistic feelings. The poem he wrote for those
who died at Gallipoli, is the greatest of the legends of heroism. Akif who gave
us the most effective examples of the art of poetry, has moved to Anatolia during
the National Independence War, and was one of its participants.
Despite the fact
religious subjects are abundant in his poems, he cannot be considered as merely
an Islamic poet. His lines, taking their theme from numerous problems faced
by the society, has proven that his vision reached far beyond religion. His
poems are collected in seven volumes under the title "Safahat"