Hranush Arshagyan

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Heranush (Nargiz) Arshagian (Armenian: Հերանոյշ (Նարգիզ) Արշակեան) (July 28, 1887 in Constantinople, Ottoman Turkey – 1905 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire) was an Armenian poet.[1]

Life[edit]

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Heranush Arshagian was born in the Besiktas district of Constantinople in 1887. Her father Hagop, who died when she was 3, was a prominent social activist in the Armenian community.[1] When Arshagian turned 10 years old, she entered the Bakirkoy French girls school.[1] After studying there for a year and a half, Arshagian continued her studies at the Makruhian Armenian School in the Besiktas district.[1][2] Arshagian's teachers were highly impressed by her essays and writings, but her days as a student were interrupted when her doctors suggested that she lived outside of the city. Arshagian moved to a farm on the outskirts of Yedikule, where she derived inspiration from the natural setting.[1] It was during those years that Arshagian began to write poetry. She writes in her memoirs, "The fields are green. Afar I can see Constantinople with her ever-flowing suburbs. Beyond that are the hills and mountains covered in fog and the Marmara sea so very beautiful, so very trembling under the fiery rays of the sun..."[1][2]

Arshagian died in 1905 at the age of 18.

Poetry[edit]

She wrote a series of lyrical poems, novels, and short stories which were published after the author's death in Hayganush Mark's Tsaghig (Flower) newspaper.[1] In 1910 Hrand Nazariantz, who was in constant contact with Heranush Arshagian, published a book about her life and works in Constantinople.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Stepanian, Karnig (1973). Կենսագրական բառարան. Dictionary of Biographies (in Armenian). Yerevan: Soviet Writers. p. 157. 
  2. ^ a b V. A., Gabrielyan (1971). Հերանուշ Արշակյան (Ծննդյան 85-ամյակի առթիվ) Translation from Armenian: Heranush Arshagyan (In Commemoration of the 85th anniversary of her birth) (PDF) (in Armenian). Պատմա-բանասիրական հանդես. pp. 115–126. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Hrand Nazariantz, Հերանոյշ Արշակեան: Իր կեանքը եւ բանաստեղծութիւնները, Constantinople, Tēr-Nersēsean, 1910