Works

  Narekatsi's works marked a new phase in the development of Armenian medieval poetry, reflecting man's spiritual, intellectual and sensual world, a lofty individual's philosophical penetrations into life mysteries.
  Narekatsi is a mystic poet. The highest goal of a mystic is to ascend to the God’s essence and to merge with it. God is the perfection itself, but the man is imperfect. To reach God the human being must get perfect, fill him with faith, hope and love, and get pure from sins and bodily desires. The mystic finds God everywhere, either in the outside world or in his soul, as he is convinced that God sends rays to the nature of the imperfect world and to the human being. Narekatsi is also convinced that God can be found “in every material element and in all corners”. Subsequently, the nature reflects the God’s light and the divine beauty. Aspiring to this light and this beauty means to get close to God. And glorifying these light and beauty means glorifying God. And proceeding from this mystical principle, Narekatsi was the first in the Armenian literature, who described and glorified the nature, especially in his songs. So Narekatsi created allegoric songs about the nature.

  Grigor Narekatsi abundantly used descriptive-expressive means, enriched the Armenian versification in many ways, enlarged the possibilities of poetry construction and attached importance to the melodiousness of verses, creating unsurpassed examples of consonant assonances. It is a rich system of speech art, which became a guide for the development of Armenian lyrical poetry of later times.His writings were cherished throughout the Middle Ages and preserved almost without loss. Numerous copies of his works have reached us.

  Grigor Narekatsi has written epistles and odes, he is the author of a Commentary of the Song of Songs. He created a genre of Armenian spiritual songs called “gandz”. The poetical genius of Grigor Narekatsi manifested itself mainly in his songs and his book of prayers entitled the Book of Lamentation.  

Collection of Taghs (in Armenian), Constantinople 1714