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The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis
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The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis (Hardback)

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In awarding Odysseus Elytis the 1979 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy declared that he had been selected "for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clearsightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness." The Collected Poems is the first collection in any language, including Greek, of Elytis's complete poetry, a body of work marked by a profound love of hope, freedom, beauty, and Greek tradition. Twenty years in preparation, this volume includes his early poems, influenced in equal parts by surrealism and the landscape and climate of Greece and the Aegean Sea; his long, epic poem connecting Greece's - and his own - Second World War experience to the myth of the eternal Greek hero, Song Heroic and Mourning for the Lost Second Lieutenant of the Albanian Campaign; his most ambitious work, the Axion Esti, which the Swedish Academy praised as "one of twentieth-century literature's most concentrated and ritually faceted poems"; and his mature poetry, from Maria Nephele, a poem in two voices, to his last collection, West of Sorrow, written the summer before his death in 1996 at age 84.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Publication Date: 19/09/1997 ISBN-13: 9780801849244  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Odysseus Elytis--one of the most highly regarded poets in the second half of the 20th century--was born Odysseus Alepoudhelis on Crete in 1911. His first collection of poems, 'Orientations', was published in 1939 in Greece. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1979, and continued to write and publish poetry until his death in 1996. Jeffrey Carson lives on Paros where he teaches at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts. His most recent book is 'Poems 1974-1996'. Nikos Sarros, also a resident of Paros, is currently translating Archilochus.

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