ARMENIAN LEGENDS AND POEMS: Poems and Legends from the land of Armenia

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Abela Publishing Ltd, 2009 - Poetry - 288 pages

In this volume, which is a mere sampler of Armenian literature, you will find 73 poems and stories from the land of Noah's Ark including 12 Armenian national legends. Here you will find poetry and laments that equal those of Shakespeare in their zeal and fervour. 

You will also find folk-songs that weep tears for the fate of Armenia, that cry out for freedom and liberty, that burst with the love of a woman for her man and of nightingales singing to babes in cradles. You will also find the key legends of Armenia-of Vahagn, King of Armenia, deified on account of his valour, of Princess Santoukhd, martyred by her father King Sanadroug for becoming a Christian, of Semiramis' love for Ara, so strong that she thought she could will him back to life. So curl up with this unique and exquisite piece of literature and be swept away by the passion of fourteen hundred years of Armenian poetry.  

Over the plains of Armenia towers Mount Ararat, on which, the Bible states, Noah's Ark rested after the flood. Here also is the traditional site of the Garden of Eden, and the four rivers that Genesis describes as rising in the Garden, still flow through the land. Sitting astride an arm of the Silk Route, Armenia has been invaded and occupied at various times by Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and the Seljuk Turks, to name but a few. In the fifth century, Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its national religion. Therefore, even a short outline of Armenian folklore and poetry must acknowledge the influences that have served to shape Armenian literature. These influences reflect the interwoven remnants of an intricate tapestry of ancient and modern cultures, legends, songs, and fragments of epics, creating a unique cultural and linguistic identity. Severed for many centuries from Western Europe by a flood of invasions, Armenian literature has not had the recognition that it deserves.

 

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Contents

CHARM VERSES
89
THE TEARS OF ARAXES
92
THE EVE OF ASCENSION DAY
96
THY VOICE IS SWEET
97
CHRIST AND ABGARUS
99
ARAXES CAME DEVOURINGLY
102
THE PARROTS SONG
103
EARTH AND SKY
104

O NIGHT BE LONG
14
BLACK EYES
15
YESTERNIGHT I WALKED ABROAD
16
VAHAGN KING OF ARMENIA
21
HUNTSMAN THAT ON THE HILLS ABOVE
22
LIBERTY
23
I BEHELD MY LOVE THIS MORNING
25
THE FOX THE WOLF AND THE BEAR
27
INCENSE
29
THE LITTLE LAKE
30
SPRING
32
CRADLE SONG
33
ARA AND SEMIRAMIS
37
LAMENT OVER THE HEROES FALLEN IN THE BATTLE OF AVARAIR
39
THE SONG OF THE STORK
41
YE MOUNTAIN BLUEBELLS
43
THE SUN WENT DOWN
44
BIRTHDAY SONG
45
THE FOUNDING OF VAN
47
I HAVE A WORD I FAIN WOULD SAY
50
THE SONG OF THE PARTRIDGE
52
THE LILY OF SHAVARSHAN
53
CRADLE SONG
57
THE WIND IS HOWLING THROUGH THE WINTER NIGHT
59
THE ARMENIAN POETS PRAYER
60
THE CHRAGAN PALACE
61
THE DREAM
63
THE SORROWS OF ARMENIA
64
ARTASHES AND SATENIK
67
MY DEATH
70
THE EAGLES LOVE
71
CONCERNING THE ROSE AND THE NIGHTINGALE
72
THE ARRIVAL OF THE CRUSADERS
78
LIKE AN OCEAN IS THIS WORLD
79
THE ROCK
80
THE CRANE
82
THE HAWK AND THE DOVE
83
ARTAVASD
87
OER THE MOUNTAINS HIGH HE WENT
106
COMPLAINTS
107
A DAY AFTER
110
WITHOUT THEE WHAT ARE SONG AND DANCE TO ME?
111
THE LAKE OF VAN
113
SPRING
116
THE FOX
117
THE TALE OF ROSIPHELEE
118
THE SONG OF THE VULTURE
125
DANCE SONG
128
BALLAD
131
NO BIRD CAN REACH THE MOUNTAINS CREST
134
THE NIGHTINGALE OF AVARAIR
136
THOU ART SO SWEET
138
THE WANDERING ARMENIAN TO THE SWALLOW
139
THE CHRISTCHILD
141
THE CASTLE OF ANOUSH
143
HAPPINESS
149
CONCERNING DEATH
150
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
152
PASQUA ARMENA
153
IO VIDI
154
ARMENIA
155
Moses of ?
190
The Adoption of Christianity
197
Golden age of Armenian Literature
201
Middle ages
206
Bagratuni Dynasty
213
The Crusades
220
Silver age of Armenian Literature
225
End of the Armenian Kingdom
237
Eighteenth Century and Onwards
253
Characteristics of Armenian Poetry
256
The Russian Era
263
Addenda And Corrigenda
265
Chronological Index to Authors
266
Index To First Lines
270
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Zabelle C. Boyajian (Armenian: 1873 – January 26, 1957) was an Ottoman Armenian painter, writer, and translator, who lived most of her life in London. Her mother, Catherine Rogers, was a descendent of the English poet Samuel Rogers. After her father's murder during the Hamidian massacres, in 1895, Boyajian, her mother and her brother, Henry, moved to London, where she enrolled at the Slade School of Fine Art. She also started writing and illustrating her own books. Her first novel, Esther, about the massacres in Sasun was published in 1901 in London under the pen name Vardeni. She was very close with Anna Raffi, the wife of the Armenian novelist Raffi, and her two sons, Aram and Arshak. In 1916, she compiled and translated this anthology Armenian Legends and Poems (1916), which was introduced by Viscount James Bryce and which included several poems in Alice Stone Blackwell's translation. She also translated and published Avetik Isahakian's epic poem Abu Lala Mahari and wrote essays on Shakespeare, Byron, Euripides, Michael Arlen, Raffi, and Avetik Isahakian, as well as comparative works on English and Armenian literature.

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