The Philosophical Foundations of Karacaoglan's Poetry

ER S. E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.127, pp.186-193, 2020 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 127
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.186-193


The relation between poetry and philosophy has maintained its importance from ancient ages to this day. In spite of the fact that poet and philosopher are close in respect to the relations with world and life, both have divergent ways for it as well. It is because the philosopher and poet are disturbed with the deep problems of meaning and existence. The fact that the language has gone into division as philosophy and poetry brought along the problem how to deal with the truth. The poetry and philosophy, at this point, might league together in a common study area nevertheless they express the truth in idiosyncratic ways. The fact remains that there are some philosophers feeling uncomfortable about this association while quite the contrary there are some others who affirm it, thinking that it is possible to construct a new language from this point forth in order to maintain the truth. Indeed the first disturbed philosopher about this relation is Plato. Taking up an efficient position in respect to the poet/poetry within the books Republic and Ion, Plato distinctly sides with logos in conflict of philosophy and poetry. On the other side Nietzsche in contrast with Plato, fastened on reinstating the relation network between philosophy, art and science, initiates a new philosophical way by abolishing the antilogy of concept and metaphor, and legitimizing only a degree difference (with less metaphorical metaphor) while this new philosophy is hang by a thread of being confused with poetry and purposely uses the metaphors. Although there are differences between poetry and philosophy, we can see that some of the masterpiece poems have a philosophical aspect. This may make us think that any exact distinction between philosophy and poetry is problematical. Thusly we, in this paper, tried not to deepen those problematical distinctions but maintain a new perspective by intersection of two disciplines. In this context, we think that a new affluence can be counted in our culture by means of new and genuine interpretations on the occasion of rising philosophical attention to especially our folk poetry. At this point, the deep philosophical background of Karacaoglan's poetry can provide us with that opportunity. The rich philosophical aspect of beauty, love, nature, death and other mystical concepts dealt by Karacaoglan overruns his era. This is because, in contrary with the lodge and sufism poets, he comprehensively adopts this world and life. We can see that his perspective of love, beloved, nature and God is occurred through affirming the life. It is obvious that he has a conception of actualist woman (as an entity, in person), love and beauty which are "subjected to genesis and corruption" and come true in this real world. This is some love and beauty conception to be searched in reality of world and combined with eroticism from place to place. Nature has a decisive role herein. We see that nature, in view of travelling poet Karacaoglan, is a realm of authenticity which contains love, beauty and beloved within itself. Besides, the themes like religion or God do not have any decisive role in his poetry, although he has a rich metaphysical insight. Thusly he goes counter to any conception which glorifies the death.