Gulten Akın, Turkish poet, Died at 82


Gulten Akın was born on January 23, 1933, and died on November 4, 2015.

She was a Turkish poet. Her poetry is considered to be culturally significant to Turkey.

Gulten was born in 1933 in Yozgat, Turkey. She attended Beşiktaş Ataturk Anatolian High School and graduated from Ankara University Law School in 1955.

She married her husband Yaşar Cankoçak in 1956, with whom she has five children.

Because of her husband’s position as the governor of various provincial districts in Turkey, she moved around several provinces of Turkey, working as a lawyer, assistant lawyer and teacher in many of them.

In 1972, Gulten and her family settled in Ankara, where she worked at the Turkish Language Association, the regulatory body of the Turkish language, and became a member of the Editorial Team at the Ministry of Culture.

Gulten worked for the reestablishment of free and democratic non-governmental organizations.

She served as a founder and/or manager at several such Turkish organizations, such as the Human Rights Association, Halkevleri (community centers) and the Language Association (Dil Dernegi).

Gulten first published poem appeared in the newspaper Son Haber in 1951.

She subsequently appeared in several magazines, such as Hisar (tr), Varlık, Yeditepe (tr), Turk Dili and Mülkiye.

While her early poems were about nature, love, separation, and yearning, her later poems was dominated by social issues.

Her poems have inspired a great deal by folklore.

In the compilation book of her analytical writings on poetry, Şiiri Düzde Kuşatmak (“Surrounding Poetry with Simplicity”), Gulten expressed her desire to get down to the level of the general populace in her poems, saying that she wanted to “put into words and writing the already-existing essence and form that exists among the people, and while promoting the poem, promoting the improvement of the lives and lifestyles of the people.”

Her poems have been translated into many languages, and more than 40 of her poems have been composed into songs.

One of these songs is the 1993 “Deli Kızın Türküsü” (English: Crazy Girl’s Ballad) by Sezen Aksu, which was also the title of the album it appeared on.

Gulten also authored short plays.

Milliyet named her as having been the most influential Turkish poet since Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca.

Gulten passed away at age 82 in November 2015.