Yeghishe Charents is one of the most talented, gifted and brilliant writers of all the time and nations.
His poems are full of fire, that will warm your soul, some of them will cause an earthquake in your heart with fantasticly choosen words and their meanings.
If you want to know about armenian poetry and culture then you definitely must read Charents.
Above you can see the portrait of Charents by famous Armenian painter Martiros Saryan.
One of his best and powerful works is “I love my sweet Armenian’s…” (<<Ես իմ անուշ Հայաստանի>>).
Just enjoy it!
I love my sweet Armenia’s word which is filled with the taste of sun,
I love our old lyre’s melody from its mournful and weeping strings,
The vivacious fragrance of the blood-like flowers and the roses,
I love as well the graceful and agile dance of Nayirian girls.
I love as well our gloomy sky, our pure waters, luminous lake,
The summer’s sun and the winter’s sublime wind with a dragon’s voice,
Also the black, unwelcoming walls of the huts lost in the dark,
And I love the thousand-year stone of the ancient cities as well.
No matter where I am yet I shall not forget our mournful songs,
Shall not forget our steel-lettered books which now have become prayers,
No matter how sharply they pierce my heart our wounds so soaked with blood,
Even then I love my orphaned and my bloodied, dear Armenia.
For my longing heart there is not, not even one another tale,
There’s no brighter forehead than that of Kouchag and Naregatsi,
Pass the whole world, there’s no summit as white as that of Ararat,
Like glory road, unreachable, I love as well my Mount Massis.
Pope Francis during his visit to Armenia in 2016 recited a passage from this poem of Charents.
Yeghishe Charents’s works were translated by Valeri Bryusov, Boris Pasternak, Louis Aragon, Anna Akhmatova and others.
His home, located at 17 Mashtots Avenue in Yerevan, was turned into a museum in 1975. Charentsavan, a town of Kotayk Province, was named after him. Also there is a street in Yereven named after Charents.
His portrait is depicted on the country’s 1000 drams banknote.
Charents museum address: 17 Mashtots Avenue, 0002 Yerevan, RA. Click on the link for more.