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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry; New edition (20 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856463566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856463563
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The Axion Esti" [is] the work on which Elytis's reputation rests, and which almost certainly won him the Nobel Prize."

"New York Review of Books"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born in Crete in 1911, Odysseus Elytis began to publish his poetry in the 1930s. He took part in the campaign against the Italian fascists in Albania in 1940-41. He was one of the most prominent poets of the Greek resistance during the Nazi occupation. The Nobel Prize was awarded to him in 1979 'for his poetry which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness'. He died in Athens in 1996.Edmund Keeley translated the poetry of Cavafy, Seferis and Sikelianos with the late Philip Sherrard. His translations of Yannis Ritsos received the Academy of American Poets' Landon Award and the EU's First European Prize. He is a novelist whose non-fiction works include Cavafy's Alexandria and Inventing Paradise.George Savidis was Professor of Modern Greek at the University of Thessaloniki and a Visiting Professor at Harvard. He edited the standard Greek editions of the poetry of Cavafy, Seferis, Sikelianos and Karyotakis, and with Edmund Keeley translated a selection of Cavafy's A"unpublishedA" poems. He died in 1995.


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What can I say for a Nobel prize winner Poet and his masterpiece? Probably far too little. For me Axion Esti defines Greece in the past the present and the future. The stones, the sea, the light, the people, the War, the struggles, the future....
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It is tricky to translate poetry, the title means: "it is worthy" but it is in ancient greek. Ancient greek was a condensed and poetic language.

Elytis was a a poet very much ahead of his time. Modern poetry, that is abstract and reminds more of a novel than poetry. The main "weapon" ("each to his own weapons") of Elytis is that he is an optimist ("regardless what they say our life is in our hands", according to his Nobel acceptance speech). Elytis is the poet of the Aegean Sea, a sea that is full of life and sun, vibrant and inviting.

Above all, Elytis appeals to the senses, all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...Light Life Love... 15 May 1998
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Resplendent. All that I have tried to accomplish in my writing is crystallized by this tender-voiced poet. Here, he takes the elemental power of beauty found in nature, youth and man, and restructures the reality of time. He weaves a personal mythology, integrating surrealism and Greek history. It is impossible to describe the affect and style of this work which alternates between prose, free verse and complex, metered verse. The eternal conflict and balance between Light and Dark is chronicled. Elytis speaks with a universality that transcends war and history specific to Greece--his message is applicable to all peoples and times. Moving, tragic, humorous, dark and beautiful, The Axion Esti celebrates Light, Life and Love. Stin archi to Fos kai i ora i proti, pou ta cheili akoma ston pilo dokimazoun ta pragmata tou kosmou...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life, a world of fierce & beautiful creation 20 July 2013
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Sometimes the shallowness & cynicism of the everyday world can become overwhelming. When it does, a magnificent poem such as this not only reminds me of the vast beauty & wonder of existence, it makes me feel & experience all of that like the blood beating in my body, like the sun blazing on my skin. The magnum opus of Nobel prize-winner Odysseus Elytis, it's a modern epic that combines personal autiobiography with the universal: it speaks not only with the voice of the poet, but the voice of Greece, and indeed the world itself. While the author was influenced in his youth by Surrealism, it's not a Surrealist poem, even if he learned much from that movement. More than anything else, it's a Greek poem, a hymn to creation, a cathedral of luminous song & praise that's all the more powerful for not stinting on the darkest of shadows at times. Simply magnificent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 6 May 2014
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It's beautiful. You will find something new in it every time you read it. Also, listen to it set to music by Mikis Theodorakis.
3.0 out of 5 stars Might have higher rating once I've finished reading. 13 Nov. 2015
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Rated as only 3 stars just because I've only glanced through it. Bought mainly as a companion to the Axion Esti music CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Feb. 2015
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Simply beautiful. One of the greatest achievements in poetry, from a legend that will be forever missed.
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