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Armenian-language poet Vahe Oshagan dies at age 78

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vahe Oshagan, a critically acclaimed Armenian-language poet, died June 30 of complications from heart surgery. He was 78.

Oshagan was famed in Armenian intellectual circles for his eight volumes of poetry, six volumes of fiction, and many short stories, plays and commentaries. Most of his works were written in Armenian but some have been translated into English.

Oshagan is credited with having revolutionized Armenian poetry by rejecting its imposed formality, often writing in colloquial language. He was also hailed for giving a voice to the Armenian diaspora.