Vahan Tekeyan, armenian stamp (2003)
|Born||January 21, 1878.
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
|Died||April 4, 1945 (aged 67)
|Occupation||poet and public activist|
|Notable work(s)||“The Armenian Cathedral”, “A Prayer Before the Future”, “Your Memory Tonight”, “When the Day Finally Comes”, and “Your Name”|
He is regarded in Armenian literary circles as the “Prince of Armenian Poetry,” as his poetry, especially his sonnets, are unparalleled in Armenian literature. Tekeyan’s themes in poetry revolved mostly around love, such as compassionate love, love for one’s homeland, or love for humanity.
Some of Tekeyan’s finest poems include: “The Armenian Church”, “A Prayer on the Eve of Tomorrow,” “Your Memory Tonight,” “When the Day Finally Comes,” and “Your Name”.
Another Armenian intellectual and poet, Vahe Vahian, was heavily influenced by Vahan Tekeyan, from where his pen-name came from.