1878 - 1915
Atom Yerjanian: Pen-name Siamanto was a popular activist and critically
acclaimed poet, personifying the ideal poet-as-hero. Born in Akn,
Western Armenia, Siamanto was educated in Istanbul and studied philosophy
at the Sorbonne in Paris.
He traveled to Switzerland, Egypt, London, Vienna, and the United
States before returning to Istanbul.
Two of his collections of poetry, In The Manner of A Hero (1902)
and The Invitation From The Fatherland (1903), show his own interpretation
of European poetic trends at the turn of the century.
His indignation at the fate of his people and his melodious style,
made him one of the most beloved writers of his day.
He was among those arrested by Turkish authorities on April 24,
1915 and subsequently slain.