Misak MetsarentsWednesday, August 3, 2022
Misak Metsarents or Medzarents (18 January 1886 – 5 July 1908) was a leading Western Armenian neo-romantic poet.
Misak Metsarents was born Misak Metsadourian in the village of Pingian, near Agn in the Vilayet of Kharpert. In 1886, he moved with his family to Sepastia, where he attended the Aramian School. Until 1902, he attended the Anatolia Boarding School in Marzvan, which was run by American missionaries. From 1902 to 1905, he attended the Central School in Constantinople. However, tuberculosis forced him to leave his education, and he later died from the ailment July 5, 1908, at the age of 22.
Metsarents began writing in 1901, with his first verses published in 1903. He also collaborated with many Western Armenian publications such as “Masis”, “Hanragitak”, “Eastern Press”, “Light”, “Courier”, “Manzumei Efkiar”, “Buzandion”. Much of his poetry discussed the despair of his inevitable mortality.
The poet enriched Armenian poetry with his lyrical and genuine masterpieces, although Metsarents only managed to publish two volumes of poetry in his lifetime: “Dziadzan” (Rainbow) (1907) and “Nor dagher” (1907). He was commemorated in 2012 by his portrait appearing on an Armenian postal stamp.