The Perception of Exaltation in Yunus Emre and Dante’s La Vita Nuova
By Semra SARAÇOĞLU
The aim of this study is to compare the two poets’ – Yunus Emre and Dante’s perceptions of “exaltation”. The main theme of their works is love. Yunus Emre, under the influence of Taptuk Emre- his mentor, thinks that one must purify his soul from the worldly pleasures and dedicate himself to the way of God. In Sufism man is the representative of God in this world. This philosophy determines Yunus’s mission in life which is to spread God’s love among mankind. Dante, on the other hand, reaches self-recognition by transforming his romantic love into divine love realizing that the Beloved is the Absolute Truth. In the present work which is an analysis of the selected poems of Yunus and Dante’s Vita Nuova, it is found out that both poets exalt God but they do it in different directions.