Elşen Hudiyev

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Elşen Hudiyev (Azerbaijani: Elşən Xudiyev, Elshen Khudiyev) (born in 1980) is an Azeri-Turkish contemporary poet and essayist. After receiving a degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bosphorus University in Turkey, he held a number of different positions, but never settled down.[citation needed] While Elşen Hudiyev's early works proved to be a bit raw, his series of "Abnormal Poetry", as well as other later works, are written in deep emotional, symbolic, and pessimistic style. Mainly concerned with global problems rather than local, Hudiyev writes primarily in Turkish and very rarely in Azeri. Although the majority of his poetry is written in free verse, he also authored some haiku and sonnets. Hudiyev is an important literary figure, mainly because his poetry can be described as 'new wave poetry of Azerbaijan' and he is the second poet after Huseyn Javid writing in Turkish rather than native Azeri language. In his prose, Elşen Hudiyev touches upon a wide range of social issues such as prejudice, lie, and other human controversies. Although he argues that his prose is not philosophical, deep philosophy is often hidden behind his plain dialogue-based essays. In this manner, Hudiyev feels that his works resemble a catechism book of humanism.[1]

In a recent TV report, Elşen Hudiyev blames modern Azerbaijani poetry for becoming more and more obscure day by day. Furthermore, he rejects cultural activities held by the Writers Committee of Azerbaijan, as he believes the Committee still continues to support old school Soviet style conservatism.


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