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Ah, This Massis
Gevorg Emin

Which mellows all hearts
Through itself a rock;

Which warms stray hearts
When itself is cold;

Which brings all dispersed
Armenians home,
When itself is not here;

Preaches the sermon of unity
To the world-scattered homeless Armenians,
When itself is split in two;

Which like great love,
Neither drifts away
Nor draws near,

Ah, this Massis.

About The Poet

Gevorg Emin

Gevorg Emin graduated from the Polytechnic Institute as a hydraulic engineer in 1940. Later he studied at the Corky Institute of Literature in Moscow. Concrete images and complex relationships between human nature and technology shape his metaphors.

Emin's poetry is marked with both subtlety and forthright wit. It translates well, and has been translated into many languages. Although musical and rhythmic, it does not depend on those qualities for its appeal. Boris Pasternak admired Emin's work and translated it into Russian. On a tour of the United States with Emin, Yevtushenko told the press that he wished he too wrote in Armenian, like Emin, so that Pasternak would translate his poetry.

Emin's book, Land, Love, Era, won the 1976 Soviet State Literary Prize.