Kostas Karyotakis Poems
- Ballade To The Forgotten Poets...
- Ζωές (Li... I speak of lives given to ...
- Athens A sweet hour. Athens sprawls like a hetaira offering ...
- March Mournful And Vertical I stare at the ceiling's ...
- We Are Some Disjointed Guitars... We are some disjointed ...
- Preveza Death is the bullies bashing against the black walls...
Kostas Karyotakis ( October 30, 1896 – July 20, 1928) is considered one of the most representative Greek poets of the 1920s and one of the first poets to use iconoclastic themes in Greece. His poetry conveys a great deal of nature, imagery and traces of expressionism and surrealism. The majority of Karyotakis' contemporaries viewed him in a dim light throughout his lifetime without a pragmatic ... more »
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Ballade To The Forgotten Poets Of The Ages
Detested by both men and gods,
like nobles who have bitterly decayed,
the Verlaines wither; wealth remains
to them, of rich and silvery rhyme.
With 'Les Chatiments' the Hugos are intoxicated
by their terrible Olympian revenge.
But I shall write a sorrowful
ballade to the forgotten poets.
Though the Poes have lived in misery,
and though the Baudelaires have suffered living deaths,
they ve all been granted Immortality.
Yet no-one now remembers,
and the deepest darkness has completely buried,
every poetaster who produced limp poetry.
But I make as an ...