Armenian love poems have a unique and delicate style that makes them stand out in the world literature. The authors of these works are outstanding Armenian poets that brought the Armenian literature to a new level.
Armenian love literature offers a wide range of diversity starting from definitions of love to various expressions of deep and romantic feelings.
Armenian love poems speak about the passion, desire and vulnerability of being in love. Reading or sharing a poem is one of the most romantic ways to express one’s feelings, love and passion.
Armeniagogo has selected 6 classic Armenian love poems you should know.
Armenian Love Poems: #1 The First Love
Armenian poet Hamo Sahyan (Hmayak Sahaki Grigoryan) is one of the most prominent writers of the 20th century in Armenia. The main topics of his poems are dedicated to the love towards his motherland and respect towards humans.
Besides of being a famous writer, Sahyan was also a talented translator. He made a number of translations from the works of such beloved writers as Alexander Pushkin, Sergey Yesenin, Garcia Lorca and many others.
Although in the works of Hamo Sahyan there are many poems dedicated to the past: his childhood, his beloved homeland but there are some outstanding poems dedicated to love as well.
The poems like “The First Love”, “I’ll come” and “I have deprived someone of you” are very deep and touching. In “The first love” the writer tells us that he couldn’t understand what love was and what
At the end of this poem, he clarifies that although at first, he couldn’t understand what love really means but now he understands that was the purest feeling of first love that will be never forgotten.
Armenian Love Poems: #2 The Love
Paruyr Sevak can be considered the most popular and beloved love poet in Armenia. You won’t be able to find at least one person in Armenia that can’t tell any of his poems by heart. Everybody has his/her beloved poem that can be reread everytime they feel in love.
Paruyr Sevak’s first poem was devoted to the character of Ivan Turgenev’s novel “First Love” called, Zinaida. This passionate writer is one of the top class Armenian poets in the post World War-2 period that shaped the literary spirit of Armenian writers.
Sevak’s significant contribution to Armenian culture and literature was so unique that shaped the hearts and minds of many Armenian generations. Sevak had the gift to put down the most sensible emotions and feelings into words so beutifuly.
Some of his poems about love, such as “You” (Du), “Don’t ask me “Do you love me?” (Du mi harcru sium es indz), “My late love” (Ushacac im ser), “First Love” (Arajin Ser), “Your Name” (Qo Anuny), “Love is a puzzle” (Sery haneluk), “Past Loves” (Ancac Serery), “Frankly Speaking” (Ankexc Asac), “The Love” (Sery) and many others are considered to be the pearls of Armenian love literature.
He was a person filled with love and as a true poet, he was always in love. Sevak wrote his famous lines “You, my last one, by misunderstanding, and my only one by destiny…” to Sulamita, who possessed the delight to be loved by Sevak and love him with the same devotion and passion.
Armenian Love Poems: #3 What is sweeter than love
Hovhannes Shiraz, a popular Armenian writer, was and still continues to be loved and honored by the Armenians for his amazing writing style. Although he lived during quite tough times, he remained a man with a good sense of humor.
Shiraz’s poetry mainly touched the themes of love and patriotism, as illustrated well in his poems, such as “May my love remain a secret”, “About Pagan Love”, “Disillusionment with Love” and many others.
Overall, the topic of love is inseparable in the poetry of this genius. While reading his love poems you can truly experience all states of love, like impulsive love, delight and even coolness of love.
Nonetheless, in the poem “Disillusionment with Love” the author tells about how deeply he is disappointed with love, as she broke his heart that was very painful for him. And now the only thing that he can feel is hatred and disillusionment.
He realizes that he should be glad to get rid of such kind of love that is only a worthless illusion. But in another poem “What is sweeter than love?” Shiraz questions why and how he should live without that almighty feeling of love and adds that the only thing that is sweeter than love is love itself.
Armenian Love Poems: #4 Love song
Armenian beloved poet, musician and ashugh of the 18th century, Sayat Nova, made a great contribution to the Armenian poetry and music of that period. Also, he is often described as “the Poet of love”.
No wonder as there are few writers not only in Armenian but in international literature as well who have mastered the structure of romantic verse like Sayat Nova. Even though there is little information about his life, what is evident from his works is that he was “a man in love with words of love”.
“Lovesong” is one of the most popular poems of Sayat-Nova dedicated to love. Here he depicts his deep feelings towards his beloved one. As he says there is a lot of sorrow and pain in the world, but he doesn’t mind as the love towards his beloved creature is like a golden cup for him that is filled with immortality.
Here the poet portrays her beauty using very special and unique comparisons. To illustrate, he draws parallels with her lips and candy, her teeth and pearls and diamonds, her eyes and gold-enameled cups adorned with precious stones, her skin and smooth satin.
Armenian Love Poems: #5 I Love Your Dark and Wicked Eyes
Nature and rural life had a huge impact on Vahan Teryan’s (Vahan Ter-Grigoryan) works. He was praised by such eminent Armenian poets, as Hovhannes Toumanian, who described him as the most original lyric poet of the decade.
Significantly, Teryan was the first poet composing in Eastern Armenian to arranged his poems in collections and was the first to use poetic devices such as sonnet and triolet.
His poems are filled with gloom and sorrow, spring and melancholic autumn, love and anxiety about his motherland and its fate. But what’s more important Vahan Teryan’s love songs are a gentle praise to women who mark the true beauty.
In his poems, they are reflections of experienced feelings, of dramatic incidents and pain. Teryan believes that pure love is a power against evils of the world. Teryan formed his great love, his ideal of beauty as a lighthouse in life’s dark routes.
Vahan Teryan is famous for not only his sorrowful poems but for romantic poems about love as well. “I Love Your Dark and Wicked Eyes”, “You are Far” “To an Unknown Girl” (Walking toward and past me), “You Love Everyone the Same” (Dream Girl), “The Girl Who Worked Miracles” and many others are considered to be some of the most tender love poems of Armenian literature.
In these poems, Teryan finds the meaning of life in a true love. So his most important goal was to find a real love as it is the most important human feeling.
Armenian Love Poems: #6 To Love
Petros Duryan is probably one of the most beloved love poets in Armenia who left a number of beautiful dramas and poems that enjoy a great popularity. Duryan’s love poems are intertwined with love and nature.
The philosophy of love has been aesthetically reflected in Duryan’s “I Have Loved Thee”, “She” and “To Love” poems. The last one depicts the happy ending of the love fairy tale, the charm of a girl who has bewitched the author with her beauty.
Another majestic poem of Petros Duryan dedicated to love is “What Are You, Love?” where he compares love with heaven and many other things that are still not as bright and beautiful as this powerful feeling.
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