Vahan Tekeyan was known as a perfectionist, because he always looked for the
precise word. He was born in Istanbul in 1978 and educated in the Armenian
schools there. His first poems were collected and published in 1901. Besides his
own books, he published translations of French symbolist poetry and the sonnets
of Shakespeare. The sonnet remained his favorite form.
During the 1896 persecutions, Tekeyan left
Istanbul for Europe. He returned, but subsequently settled in Egypt, where he
was active in Armenian political life and edited the Armenian newspaper,
His books are "Burdens" (1901), "The Wonderful
Rebirth" (1914), "From Midnight Until Dawn" (1918), "Love" (1933), "Armenian
Songs" (1943), and "Book of Odes" (1944).