Journal of Social Sciences and Education, vol.1, no.2, pp.134-148, 2019 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Abdülhak Hâmid Tarhan is among the second wave writers of Tanzimat literature which became more modern with the impact of Western civilization in 19th century. There are two major arts in the basis of Tarhan’s writing life. Abdülhak Hâmid Tarhan held many offices abroad with a diplomat title. He also found the opportunity to get closely acquainted with the literature of the country in the places he held office and reflected these novelties into his own art, especially influenced by the Western literature. Following some of the Turkish writers like Şinasi and Namık Kemal, who took example from French literature in Tanzimat era, Tarhan got more closely acquainted with French literature by residing in France during his childhood and in the later years. This experience affected his literary identity and caused him to create works that carry French impressions.