Poet (b. 1505, Trabzon - d. 1532, İstanbul). He studied medicine in Isfahan (Iran). After he returned to İstanbul, he studied literature and found a small job as a librarian. A Persian couplet that he recounted because Chancellor İbrahim Paşa had commissioned a sculpture of himself from Budin and put it in front of his palace in the Hippodrome resulted in his being executed when he was very young. The verse was:

 Two Abrahams came into the world,

One destroyed idols, one put them up.

 When this couplet earned great popularity among the public, he anticipated what he would face and although he claimed that this couplet had been about the Iranian Emperor İbrahim, he could not escape death. Poets who did research on the poetry of Figani’s time, like Aşık Çelebi, stated that he was a skillful poet. His eulogy for the circumcision party of the Sultan’s son Mustafa that he presented to İbrahim Paşa is an outstanding example of its kind from the period.

REFERENCE: Abdülkadir Karahan / Figanî ve Divançesi (1966) - TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi (c. 13, 1996), Behçet Necatigil / Edebiyatımızda İsimler Sözlüğü (18. bas. 1999), Şükran Kurdakul / Şairler ve Yazarlar Sözlüğü (6. bas. 1999), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007)


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