Ashkhen Ed. Jrbashyan
This article is an attempt to summarize for the first time the whole sesquicentennial history of Armenian sonnet which is based on the poetic heritage of the most prominent representatives of Armenian literature. Begun with the poetry of Mkhtarists, sonnet passed a unique way, full of ups and downs. While sonnet was one of the most important forms of poetry in Western Armenian literature in postdurian age, Eastern Armenian poetry was indifferent to it till the beginning of the 20th century. The founder of Eastern Armenian sonnet was Vahan Teryan whose traditions were later developed by Eghishe Charents. After some standstill, the sonnet came to life again due to the generation of poets in 70s, especially in H. Edoyan’s poetry.