Zahrad

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Zahrad
Զահրատ
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Born 10 May 1924 (1924-05-10)
Constantinople, Turkey
Died 20 February 2007 (2007-02-21) (aged 82)
Istanbul, Turkey
Occupation Poet

Zareh Yaldizciyan (10 May 1924 – 20 February 2007), better known by his pen name Zahrad (Armenian: Զահրատ), was a poet lived in Turkey and produced poems in Western Armenian language .[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Of Armenian descent, Zahrad was born in the Nişantaşı district of Istanbul, Turkey.[3] His father, Movses, had been a jurist, adviser, and translator for the Ottoman Foreign Ministry.[3] However, he had lost his father at the age of three.[4] His mother, Ankine, was from the district of Samatya. Zahrad grew up with his maternal grandfather Levon Vartanyan.[3]

In 1942 he graduated from Özel Pangaltı Ermeni Lisesi, the local Mechitarist Armenian lyceum.[4][5] He attended the Faculty University of Medicine in Istanbul but left in order to work.[4][5] Due to the fear that his family wouldn't appreciate the fact that he wanted to be a poet, he changed his pen name to "Zahrad". In November 1963, he married Anayis Antreasian.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Levon Ananyan, the president of the Writers Union of Armenia, characterized Zahrad as "the huge oak tree of diasporan poetry, whose literary heritage had a deep and stable influence upon modern poetry of not only the diaspora, but also Armenia."[6][7] Writer and journalist Rober Haddeciyan is quoted as saying, "all the roads of our poems take don't lead to Rome, but to Zahrad".[3] His poetry has been translated into 22 languages.[8]

President of Armenia Robert Kocharian has awarded Zahrad with the Movses Khorenatsi medal for his contribution to Armenian literature and culture.[9]

Works[edit]

  • «Մեծ քաղաքը» (Big City, Istanbul, 1960)
  • «Գունաւոր սահմաններ» (Colored Borders, (Istanbul, 1968)
  • «Բարի Երկինք» (Kind Sky, Istanbul, 1971)
  • «Կանանչ հող» (Green Soil, Paris, 1976)
  • «Մէկ քարով երկու գարուն» (Two Springs with One Stone, Istanbul, 1989)
  • «Մաղ մը ջուր» (A Sieve of Water, Istanbul, 1995)
  • «Ծայրը ծայրին» (A Tight Fit, Istanbul, 2001)
  • «Ջուրը պատէն վեր» (Water Up the Wall, Istanbul, 2004)[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Zahrad (1924-2007)
  2. ^ "Poet Zahrad Passes Away". Asbarez. February 22, 2007. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Saskal, Ohannes (07/03/2003). "Zahrad: Şiirdeki 'Yaşam Tadı'" (in Turkish). Acik Radyo. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Zahrad" (in Turkish). Aras Yayincilik. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Contemporary Literature in Translation , Issues 13-22. 1972. p. 38. Retrieved 20 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Zahrat Was One Of Great Figures Of Armenian Poetry, Literary Critic Suren Danielian Says
  7. ^ Kaminsky, edited by Ilya; Harris, Susan (2010). The Ecco anthology of international poetry (1st ed. ed.). New York: Ecco. p. 472. ISBN 9780061583247. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Mouradian, Khatchig (February 24, 2007). "Zahrad". The Armenian Weekly. 
  9. ^ "Zahrad". AIM: Armenian International Magazine (Glendale, California) 10: 22. 1999. Retrieved 20 January 2013.