(1878 - 1948)
Vahan Tekeyan was known as a perfectionist, because lit always looked
for the precise word. He was born in Istanbul in 1978 and educated in
the Armenian schools there. His first poems were collected and published
in 1901. Besides his own books, he published translations of French symbolist
poetry and the sonnets of Shakespeare. The sonnet remained his favorite
During the 1896 persecutions, Tekeyan left Istanbul for Europe. He returned,
but subsequently settled in Egypt, where he was active in Armenian political
life and edited the Armenian newspaper, Arev.
His books are "Burdens" (1901), "The Wonderful Rebirth"
(1914), "From Midnight Until Dawn" (1918), "Love"
(1933), "Armenian Songs" (1943), and "Book of Odes"