Neyzen Tevfik (March 24, 1879 – January 28, 1953), real name Tevfik Kolaylı, was a Turkish poet, satirist, and neyzen (a "ney performer" in Turkish). He was born in Bodrum on March 24, 1879, and died in Istanbul on January 28, 1953. His name is occasionally misspelled as Neyzen Teyfik.
His interest in poetry influenced him into meeting with Mehmet Akif Ersoy. He also visited Egypt for some time between 1908 and 1913.
Neyzen Tevfik's fame in popular Turkish culture is mainly due to his virtuosity with the ney. Moreover, he was also a heavy drinker while practicing a form of Islam as it was common among Bektashis. He therefore is also a symbol of a clash between the orthodox Islamic doctrine, and the Bektashi order that he was in, as illustrated in the following translation of his writing:
"The disbeliever's book has neither beginning nor end. A few pages from its middle is all we ever grasp. For religion's sake and fear of blasphemy we endure woe. Reason cannot perceive where righteousness may go.”