Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 8(1), pp. 1 - 7
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2020.080101
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The Poetics of Space in Nâzım Hikmet's Poem, Straw-Blond

Efe Duyan *
Department of Architecture, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Turkey


This study investigates the understanding of space in Nâzım Hikmet's poem Straw-Blond and the central role it plays in the composition of the text. Straw-Blond represents a diversion in the oeuvre of Hikmet, a politically controversial and arguably still the most beloved poet in Turkey, who is well-known for his realistic approach and linear narration. A train journey in the background, the text includes descriptions of several cities and places while dealing with the idea of loss in shapes of separation, exile, and aging. The unique way of how space is conceived can be summed up by the sudden and ceaseless jumps from one location to another, either to a geographically different place or to a moment in the past. This surreal network of spaces composed of places in different locations and times leads to a non-linear narration of a fast tempo that refers to the inevitability of the passing of time and it creates an extremely vague and uncanny atmosphere, which, in return, feeds the central theme of the fear of the loss. All the locations from different cities and times are interlinked in a way that the spatial composition of spaces takes center stage as an instrument of narration. Thus, the flow of spaces creates a unique architecture of narration.

Space in the Narrative, Narrative Space, the Theory of Architecture, Nâzım Hikmet, Modern Literature, Poetry

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[1] Efe Duyan , "The Poetics of Space in Nâzım Hikmet's Poem, Straw-Blond," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 1 - 7, 2020. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2020.080101.

(b). APA Format:
Efe Duyan (2020). The Poetics of Space in Nâzım Hikmet's Poem, Straw-Blond. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 8(1), 1 - 7. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2020.080101.