Seyrani Turkish: Âşık Seyrani (born 1800 - 1866) was a Turkish folk poet [1]


The date of birth of Seyrani from Develi (Everek) is not certain.[2] There are records that he was born in 1800 or 1807. He was born in Develi, known as Everek in those years, which is the district of Kayseri province today. His real name is Mehmet.[3]

Before Seyrânî went to Istanbul, he got married and had children from this marriage: Seyfullah, Nasrullah, Emine, Fatma, Zeliha, and Havva. Some of Seyrânî's descendants still reside in Develi and some in Niğde.[1]


Seyrani, who goes to Istanbul, meets and gets to know the saz and pen poets of the time. Seyrani completes his madrasah education, which was left unfinished while he was in Istanbul. He defined these days with these words:

"Yedi yıl eğlendi, kaldı Seyrani

Bütün tahsil etti ilmi irfanı

Sendeyken her türlü mürüvvet kanı

Bulmadın derdime çare İstanbul"

However, Seyrani is a poet who, due to his character, could not ignore the mistakes he saw around him, even if it was the Sultan who made these mistakes, and he satirized these situations heavily in his poems. Therefore, an investigation was launched against him and he had to flee to Develi with the help of a friend from Develi in order not to be caught.[4]


  1. ^ a b Sözlüğü, Türk Edebiyatı İsimler. "SEYRÂNÎ". Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  2. ^ "AŞIK SEYRANİ". (in Turkish). Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Seyrani Kimdir?Hayatı,Edebi Kişiliği,Eserleri". Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  4. ^ "HİKMET VE HİCİV ŞAİRİ OLARAK SEYRÂNÎ | Umagan | Atatürk Üniversitesi Türkiyat Araştırmaları Enstitüsü Dergisi". 16 March 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2021.