Vahan Tekeyan, Selected Poems

translators John and Gerald Papasian  

Vahan Tekeyan (1878-1945) was one of the most celebrated Western Armenian poets–a pioneer of the belletrist movement in the early Twentieth Century. His work is also considered an extension of the French symbolist movement in Armenian literature. The hallmark of his poetry is the control of the mind over the emotions.

Vahan Tekeyan’s life was intimately interwoven with the destiny of his Armenian nation, which went through a series of trials and tribulations, facing destruction, Genocide, struggle for survival, always clinging to the basic values of its history; the Armenian Church, the Armenian language, symbolic heroes of history, had their reflection in Tekeyan’s poetry. He will remain as the poet who carries on his shoulder the destiny of his nation.

After almost seven decades following his death, Tekeyan is alive and his poetry even more so. Once he is emancipated from the walls of language barriers, his universal poetry will offer an appeal to the readers of many nations; an appeal that was almost denied to him in his lifetime.

Translators John and Gerald Papasian selected twenty-three representative poems from Tekeyan’s entire body of literature; poems of a very personal nature; those about his nation’s sufferings; others of universal appeal (about life and death, and destiny); and on conversations with his Creator.

     “Vahan Tekeyan, Selected Poems is a work that will become an authoritative edition of the work of Vahan Tekeyan, a poet whose works speak not only to the Armenian people, but also to the world.”  from the Foreword by Barlow Der Mugrdechian

Pub 9/14. ISBN 978-0-912201-48-1; 6 x 9; 110 pages

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