Misak Medzarents: The Complete Lyric Poems
by Misak Medzarents, Translated by James Russell
Misak Medzarents, 1886-1908, was the second great lyric poet of the Western Armenian language after Bedros Tourian. During his tragically short life he published several slim volumes of verse. The poems, written in a complex and allusive language that deploys ancient Armenian, local dialect, and the vocabulary of Symbolism combine vivid evocations of the traditional rural life of his home village, fabulous nocturnal reveries, cries of loneliness, and celebrations of nature and life. He was a poet native to the realms of joy; though in his final verses, published posthumously, there are hints of a transition to a realistic, urban style and political, revolutionary themes. This is the first complete translation of his works, together with the Armenian text, into any language.
Volume 12 in the Armenian Series of The Press at California State University, Fresno. In English, with translation from the Armenian. Includes a complete critical edition of the Armenian poems. General Editor of the Armenian Series: Barlow Der Mugrdechian.