Vahakn Davtian was born and educated in
Erevan. He is a major contemporary poet.
His first book, First Love, appeared in 1947
and was followed by The Dawn of the World (1950), Daybreak in the Mountains
(1957), The Road Through the Heart (1955), Summer Thunder (1964), The Song of
Wine (1966), Smoke From the Chimney (1969), and The Burning Bush (1972).
Davtian's poetry, like others of his
generation, still shows the influence of the massacres, the lost lands, and the
long wait for world justice.