According to the prominent researcher and translator of Georgian literature - Venera Urushadze, "Nature and history have combined to make Georgia a land of poetry. Glistening peaks, majestic forests, sunny valleys, crystalline streams clamouring in deep gorges have a music of their own, which heard by the sensitive ear tends to breed poetic thought; while the incessant struggle of the Georgians against foreign invaders — Persians, Arabs, Mongols, Turks and others — has bred in them a sense of chivalry and a deep patriotism which found expression in many a lay, ballad and poem".
- Venera Urushadze, Donald Rayfield, Lela Jgerenaia
- pfd version of full text of 'Anthology of Georgian Poetry' is available here, pdf version of content of 'Anthology of Georgian Poetry' is available here, Source: National Parliamentary Library of Georgia
- pdf version of content of Georgian poetry section from 'Translations from World Literature' is available here, Source: author Lela Jgerenaia