Poetry: Melih Cevdet Anday


The 2000 Aydın Doğan Award was given in Poetry, and Melih Cevdet Anday was deemed worthy of the award for his book, “Under The Rain,” and for his previous contributions to Turkish poetry as a poet of more than 60 years, for the fact that he ceaselessly carried poetry to the next level with each of his books, and for being a poet whose works opened up new avenues of poetry for the younger generation.

The selection committee for 2000’s Aydın Doğan Award included Prof. Dr. İnci Enginün, Adalet Ağaoğlu, Mehmet H. Doğan, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Durak, Doç. Dr. Nüket Esen, Prof. Dr. Talat Halman, Doğan Hızlan and Fethi Naci.

Melih Cevdet Anday
He was born in 1915, in a village of Çanakkale where his father worked as a reserve officer. His father Cevdet Bey initially attended the Faculty of Literature to pursue a passion, but subsequently graduated from Law School. He spent his childhood at his family’s three-story frame house in Bahariye, Kadıköy. He attended to primary school at Taş Mektep and middle school at Kadıköy Sultanisi adjacent to Taş Mektep.

His first poem, “Regret” was published in Varlık magazine on November 15, 1936. R-Thereafter, Anday went on to publish the poems that would form “Garip” with Orhan Veli and Oktay Rıfat in 1941 on the center pages of the magazine.

Anday entered the publishing world by undertaking the role of typist for the inner pages and the production of the art and literature pages of daily Akşam. When his tenure terminated for political reasons, he worked briefly for Doğan Kardeş Publishing.

He lectured phonetic diction at İstanbul Municipality Conservatory and mythology at LCC theatre school. He was a member of the TRT Board of Executives between 1964 and 1969, and was a Paris Education Counselor between 1979-1980. Anday passed away in 2002.