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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SCENE ONE: Open-air court in the ancient city of Athens. The accused arrive
and proceed among curses and cries of Death! Death!

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an earthenware jar of water. On the outside wall, a shadow: the

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