Great Poets of all walks of life.

Vahan Tekeyan


vahan tekeyan

Vahan Tekeyan was known as a perfectionist, because lit always looked for the precise word. He was born in Istanbul in 1878 and educated in the Armenian schools there. His first poems were collected and published in 1901. Besides his own books, he published translations of French symbolist poetry and the sonnets of Shakespeare. The sonnet remained his favorite form.

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Avetik Issahakian



Mr. Issahakian wrote numerous lyrics that dealt with themes of fatherland and of motherly love. Some of his works were, “Yerker oo Verker” (Songs and Wounds), “Abu Lalla Mahari,” “Im Hogin” (My Soul), “Mayrigis” (To My Mother), “Gisher” (Night), “Goozes Linem” (You Want Me To Be), “Hayrenikits Heroo” (Away From My Fatherland), “Dariner Hedo” (Years Later).

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Komitas (Soghomon Soghomonian) was born in 1869 to a poor family living in Kütahya (Turkey), whose members spoke only Turkish. A short while after being orphaned in 1881, he is noticed for his mental vivacity and beautiful voice, and sent to study at Echmiadzin. Very rapidly, he is attracted by the folksongs of neighboring Armenian villagers. 

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Daniel Varoujan


daniel varouian

More then anyone else of their time, Siamanto and Varoujan verbalized the hopes of the Armenians at the turn of the century. Using legends, old epics, and pagan history at the springboard and allegory for their aspirations, they waited for deliverance from oppression and the rebirth in Armenian arts. Varoujan had seen a great many wrongs in his young life. 

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Hovanes Toumanian


Hovannes Toumanian

Toumanian created many fascinating fairy tales famous among which was “Kaj – Nazar.” Well known poet Avetik Issahakian said of Toumanian, “His talent and role in the Armenian poetry, is like a mountain stream which gives travelers new powers and fresh breathe.” Two of his works, “Anoush” and “Almast,” were converted to operas, which are still showcased today.

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Nairi Zaryan


nairi zarian

Zarian was a tragic figure and may be called the last victim of the era of Stalin’s cult of personality. All his life rumors circulated, neither proved nor completely disproved, accusing him of betraying fellow writers to the secret police. Ironically, his article, “The Dark Legend,” which he felt would clear his name, was not published until the year of his death, and it was published in the Diaspora, in Beirut’s Naiyiri Magazine.

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Sayat Nova


sayat nova

He was born in Tiflis and started out as a weaver. But he became a minstrel and for many years was the court troubadour of the Georgian king. Because of jealousies at court, his attacks on some clergy in his songs, and his love for a royal lady, tie was forced to take vows and become a monk.In 1795 he was killed when Tiflis was invaded by the Persians.

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