By This Age
By this age, the genius is usually dead,
fallen in war
or victim of plots and kings,
or sleeping on his laurels,
or in a dungeon.
By this age,
the lover is a husband,
the actor a
the champion a coach.
By this age the rebel
By this time
he who thinks young,
his muse breathing deeply, and
knows now that evil is
good is passing by,
and no one is keeping
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.