Misak Metsarents

Misak Metsarents (Armenian: Միսաք Մեծարենց, 18 January 1886; Pingian village, Vilayet of Kharpert – 5 July 1908; Constantinople, Ottoman Empire) was a leading Western Armenian neo-romantic poet.

2012 Armenian stamp, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Metsarents' birth.
Grave of Misak Metsarents


Misak Metsarents was born as Misak Metsadourian in the Pingian village of Vilayet of Kharpert, near Agn. In 1894, he moved with his family to Sepastia, where he attended the Aramian School. Until 1902, he attended the Anatolia Boarding School in Marzvan. From 1902-1905, he attended the Central School in Constantinople. However, tuberculosis forced him to leave his education, and he later died from the ailment July 4, 1908, at the age of 22.[1]


Metsarents began writing starting from 1901, with his first verses published in 1903. He also collaborated with many Western Armenian publications such as “Masis”, “Hanragitak”, “Eastern Press”, “Light”, “Courier”, “Manzumei Efkiar”, “Buzandion”.[2] Much of his poetry discussed the despair of his inevitable mortality.


The poet enriched Armenian poetry with his lyrical and genuine masterpieces, although Metsarents only managed to publish two volumes of poetry in his lifetime: “Dziadzan” (Rainbow) (1907) and “Nor dagher” (1907). He was commemorated in 2012 by his portrait appearing on the Armeniam postal stamp.[3]