- Armenian Literature, History, Religion


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.


Poems of Siamanto translated into English by Alice Stone Blackwell

See also:

Biography of Siamanto in Armenian
Armenian Poems translated by A. S. Blackwell in in Russian
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