Odysseas Elytis


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Odysseas Elytis (November 2, 1911 – March 18, 1996) was regarded as a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. In 1979 the Nobel Prize in Literature was bestowed on him.

Descendant of the Alepoudellis, an old industrial family from Lesbos, Elytis was born in Heraklion on the island of Crete, on November 2, 1911. His family later moved to Athens, where the poet ... more »

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  • ''You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth.''
    Odysseus Elytis (b. 1911), Greek poet, essayist. Quoted as epigraph to Roman Baczynski, Discontent and Liberal Opinion (1987). To Axion AstiIt Is Wort...
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The Presence

MARIA NEFELE:
I walk in thorns in the dark
of what's to happen and what has
with my only weapon my only defense
my nails purple like cyclamens.

ANTIPHONIST:
I saw her everywhere. Holding a glass and staring in space. Lying down
listening to records. Walking the streets in wide trousers and an old
gabardine. In front of children's-store windows. Sadder then. And in
discotheques, more nervous, eating her nails. She smokes innumerable
cigarettes. She is pale and beautiful. But if you talk to her she doesn't hear
at all. ...

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