"MAY ALLAH NOT SHOW US ANOTHER ATMOSPHERE TO WRITE A NATIONAL ANTHEM AGAIN. "
What a perfect saying.
Today is very important for us. Today, Turkey commemorated the writer of the Turkish National Anthem, Mehmet Akif Ersoy on the 75th anniversary of his death. Our National Anthem is 91 years old...
Writer of the lyrics of the national anthem, Mehmet Akif Ersoy, mirrors Turkey's past and future from his 63-year lifetime.
Born in 1873, Turkey's national poet and writer of the lyrics of the Turkish national anthem, "Istiklal Marsı," Mehmet Akif Ersoy died in 27 December 1936.
Though professionally a veterinarian, Ersoy was deeply influential in the literary and religious circles of the later Ottoman period. His poems resemble prose as he used everyday language even in the sophisticated lines of his poetry. His famous collection of poems, "Safahat," is widely read in Turkey.
Turkish state TV said a series of readings and conferences have been organized this week throughout Turkey to have a broader understanding of Ersoy's timeless poems which drive their motives from centuries-old roots of Turkish culture. A final ceremony was held on Sunday in Tacettin Dergahı of Ankara where the national poet wrote lyrics of Turkish national anthem.
Fear not! For the crimson flag that proudly ripples in this glorious twilight, shall never fade,
Before the last fiery hearth that is ablaze within my nation is extinguished.
For that is the star of my nation, and it will forever shine;
It is mine; and solely belongs to my valiant nation.
Frown not, I beseech you, oh thou coy crescent,
Smile upon my heroic race!1 Why the anger, why the rage?
Our blood which we shed for you might not be worthy otherwise;
For freedom is the absolute right of my God-worshipping nation.