Conks, The Memories of Culture, in Written Resources


MILLI FOLKLOR, no.111, pp.75-86, 2016 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-86


Folk literature and classical Turkish literature are two literary traditions based on Turkish literature. Even though the former seems to address the common people and the latter seems to address the intellectuals, because of their common root, they cannot be considered separately. Although there are some differences such as their types of poetic forms, meters and literary styles, in terms of their contents these two long-standing literary schools are not separable. That folk literature poets wrote some of their poems with aruz prosody and that classical literature poets-seldom-wrote some poems with syllabic meter are important examples for that inseparability of those genres. Another example for that inseparability is the conks. The literal meaning of the word conk is "big ship". Other names for conk are sigirdili and beyaz-1. buzurg. Conks are roll out (tulani) books and in these books one can find a lot of information about poetry and prose. Both folk poets and classical poets can be seen in conks. With this, it is evident that conks address people from all strata. Those conks made by the common people should be studied in detail for the reason that they contain valuable information about various subjects. There are different opinions about the name, root and contents of those books; moreover there are surprisingly very few researches on them. Classic poets weren't deaf to conks either; they expressed their opinions about conks in their works. There is also some information about conks in some of the collection of biographies (tezkire) and some classical poets used conks as the subject of their poems. RePeated. voice (redif) is one of the main elements of poetry, when viewed from this aspect the odes which have "conk" as their repeated voice are more valuable. That kind of odes written by Suheyli, Medhi and Saliki are important references for that they show how conks were considered by classical poets in that period. In this article, these odes and the other information about conks will be discussed and the opinions of classical poets and writers about conk will be presented.