TURKEY: Ecevit: The Poet Premier

"He wouldn't even kill an ant," was the way Turks described Biilent Ecevit, 49, their Premier. His biographer called him a "romantic, artistic, even mystical man." The son of a respected painter, Ecevit (pronounced Edge-a-vit) is a translator of the poetry of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound into Turkish and a poet in his own right. In fact, one of his poems is about the ambivalent attraction between Greeks and Turks: "No matter that we are not of the same racial blood;/ The wild spirit flowing in our veins is the same./ We...

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