Writers are destined to play a role in the history of their nation’s
literature. It is the rare few who play a special role, also, in
their nation’s spiritual life. Hovhannes Tumanyan has played
such a role in Armenian literature. He has portrayed the Armenian
people’s national character, their history, their dreams,
and their most sacred ideals with depth and clarity through his
writings. He was called the “pan-Armenian poet” during
his lifetime and until today his popularity still remains great.
His works are loved not only in Armenia, but also far from its borders.
In every place where Armenians live, his words emit the aroma of