Ah, This Massis
Which mellows all hearts
Through itself a
Which warms stray hearts
When itself is
Which brings all dispersed
itself is not here;
Preaches the sermon of unity
To the world-scattered
When itself is split in two;
Which like great love,
Neither drifts away
Ah, this Massis.
About The Poet
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
Emin's book, Land, Love, Era, won the 1976
Soviet State Literary Prize.