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AKGÜN, Nahit Ulvi

Poet (b. 1918, Milas / Muğla - d. 12 November 1996, İzmir). He attended the İzmir II. High School for Boys (1940) and graduated from İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy (1948). He worked as a teacher in Ödemiş and at various high schools in İzmir and then retired. He established the Karşıyaka Public Theater. He presented the program Şiir Saati (Poetry Time) on İzmir Radio.

His first poem was published in Akın newspaper (1936), which was published in İzmir. He used syllabic meter in his first works and moved towards modern poetry later. He wrote for Servet-i Fünûn-Uyanış, Yücel, Değirmen, Kova, Varlık, and Yeditepe, Kaynak journals. While he wrote initially on the themes of romantic love, in his later poems he attached more importance to metaphysical thoughts and feelings such as the temporary aspect of life. He won the Turkish Language Association Poetry Award in 1967 with his book called Evren Türküsü (Song of the Universe, 1966).

WORKS (Poetry):

Üç Gönül (Three Hearts, with M. Serpin and K. Çatıkkaş, 1937), Leyla (Leyla, 1937), Irgat (Capstan, 1942), Sebep (Reason, with M. Serpin, 1945), Birisi (Someone, 1955), Karanlıkta Bir Ağaç (A Tree in the Dark, 1960), Gerçek Düş (Real Dream, 1965), Evren Türküsü (Song of the Universe, 1966), Ağaçlar Uyanınca (When Trees Wake Up, 1971), Eksilen Gökyüzü (Shrinking Sky, his new poems supplemented to the books Evren Türküsü-Song of the Universe and Gerçek Düş-Real Dream, 1980), Güneş Açınca (When the Sun Blooms, 1984), Yolumuzun Üstünde Bir Adam (A Man on Our Way, 1991).