The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis Hardcover – 4 Aug 1997
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"An abundant volume of poems that deserves a place not only in the major libraries of the English-speaking world but in the private libraries of those lovers of poetry who have no Greek and whose interest in the best contemporary verse extends beyond the boundaries of their local tradition." -- Edmund Keeley, Times Literary Supplement
Surreal imagery and a remarkable variety of forms capture the natural, sun-soaked beauty of Greece and give voice to the contemporary Greek -- and to a more universally human -- consciousness.See all Product Description
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The Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis published in 1997 is the first collection of the entire body of poetry of Elytis in any language, including Greek. The translations by Jeffrey Carson and Nikos Sarris do justice to the original poems, providing the reader with the same captivating lyricism and surreal imagery used by Elytis to give voice to the universally human consciousness.
The poetry of Elytis gained the attention of the Swedish Academy which announced in 1979 that Odysseus Elytis had been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature "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."
Another honorable recognition was bestowed upon Elytis in 1964 when the renown Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis set Elytis' epic poem The Axion Esti to music and the resulting music and lyrics became so popular that today many Greeks know at least part of the song by heart. The Axion Esti was considered to be the poet's most ambitious poem and was described by the Swedish Academy as "one of twentieth century literature's most concentrated and ritually faceted poems".Read more ›