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Oktay Rıfat Horozcu

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Ali Oktay Rifat, better known as Oktay Rifat, (10 June 1914 – 18 April 1988) was a Turkish writer and playwright, and one of the forefront poets of modern Turkish poetry since the late 1930s. He was the founder of the Garip movement, together with Orhan Veli and Melih Cevdet. Oktay Rifat had a great influence on modern Turkish poetry, standing outside traditional poetic conventions and creating a new movement. Early life Oktay Rifat was born on 10 June 1914 in the city of Trabzon, son of poet and linguist Samih Rifat, who was also governor of Trabzon. He graduated from Ankara Erkek Lisesi (Ankara Highschool) in 1932, and completed a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ankara. He was appointed to Paris, France by the State Ministry to do his PhD, however came back after three years without completing his degree due to outbreak of World War II. He moved to Istanbul in 1955, and started to work as a legal adviser for the Turkish State Railways in 1961. He retired in 197
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