REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

ENDERUNLU VASIF

Poet (b. ?, İstanbul – d. 1824). He became the Keeper of the Wardrobe to Sultan Süleyman after having studied at palace for a time. He was employed in the women’s apartments at the palace by Mustafa IV and was appointed as trustee of the Sultan Süleyman Pious Foundations in Bolayır after working in various posts such as principal teacher of the sultan, head butler and chief servant of table napkins. He abandoned the traditional divan* form and used folk language and the themes of daily life in his poetry, which was deemed an innovation at that time. However, with respect to artistry, his poetry did not reach the mastery of other divan* poets. His Divan* was first published in Egypt (1841) and then in İstanbul.