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By This Age
Gevorg Emin

By this age, the genius is usually dead,
either 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 stage hand,
the champion a coach.

By this age the rebel
writes editorials,
and the revolutionary
his memoirs.

By this time
he who thinks young,
keeps his paints thick
his muse breathing deeply, and
knows now that evil is passing by,
good is passing by,
and no one is keeping
score anymore.

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.