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Rouben Vorberian

Rouben Vorberian was born in Malatia, Western Armenia. He got his primary education at his birthplace. He studied at Eprat School in the region of Harberd. He was engaged in teaching work in Constantinople and Smyrna.

In 1901 he went abroad. In 1920 he was finally settled in Paris. He worked with periodicals “Masis” and “Western Armenian Press”.

The first book of Rouben Vorberian, “Flowers of Remembrance”, a collection of rhythmical and prosaic poems was published in 1893. He entered the literary world at the time when following the decline of 80-s the Western Armenian poetry was on its rise.

“Flowers of Remembrance” was an outcome of tribulations the poet had to suffer because of orphanhood. It is also an echo of public life, the desperation of the young souls during Hamidian tyranny. Following the school life the contemplations of real life themselves become poems.

Vorberian was convinced that personal pain should be kept deep in the soul, that one should not weep and should not be pessimist but has to take life with new vigour and be “a hero conquering the fate” (“Contrast”).

The poems written during 1894-1904, with contemplations on his fatherly home, nature and life, are coloured with optimistic views. The poet meditates on his homeland, human relationships and social injustice manifesting the deep love of a romantic poet and man to the human being.

In the poem “Our Century Before God” Vorberian uncovers the lie and deception, the vices of the 19th century. Under the beautiful guise of the civil century the author can see “paws of a wolf”, “a look of a hyena”.

The poet’s conviction is that a human being should be cordial and sympathetic to his fellows. All of this lead to the longing for pure, open, faithful friendship and meditations upon the natural and unnatural, the true and false, the native country and exile in the poem “The Cypress of the Garden”; in a glazed and beautiful garden with lasting breath of spring, the hill born cypress sinks into sadness in hunger for its native land, its freedom and in a few days it fades away in the false spring.

The poet points out that man should live in his homeland, in his birthplace; he should thirst for the natural since the artificial is killing life; he should be free. This poem also manifests the poet’s attitude towards the new regime with everything false and artificial (“Take Me Back to the Old Mountains”).

These kind of feelings are brought together in the poems “The Way to My Village” and “My Home”. Unable to look forward amidst the vices of the new regime, the poet searches for remedies of the past.

The new days are brought into contrast to the recollections of the old house and the old village accompanied by lyrical and emotional scenes of innocent childhood, pure nature and relations of noble human souls (“Tender Pages”).

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Writer: Hasmik Muradyan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 Date Added: Thursday August 31, 2006 08:56:30 

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