Kostas Karyotakis

(1896-1928 / Greece)

Kostas Karyotakis Poems

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1. Strophes 9/17/2010
2. Posthumous Fame 9/17/2010
3. Destruction 9/17/2010
4. Critique 9/17/2010
5. They Betrayed Virtue And The Last Came First... 9/17/2010
6. My Verses 9/17/2010
7. March Mournful And Vertical 9/17/2010
8. Return 9/17/2010
9. Bitter Oranges 9/17/2010
10. A Story 9/17/2010
11. Tombs 9/17/2010
12. Nobility 9/17/2010
13. A Clerk 9/17/2010
14. A Tree 9/17/2010
15. Imaginary Suicides 9/17/2010
16. In The Garden The Chrysanthemums Were Dying... 9/17/2010
17. Preveza 9/17/2010
18. We Are Some Disjointed Guitars... 9/17/2010
19. Ζωές (Lives) 9/17/2010
20. Athens 9/17/2010
21. Νοσταλγία (Nostalgia) 9/17/2010
22. Ballade To The Forgotten Poets Of The Ages 9/17/2010
Best Poem of Kostas Karyotakis

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 ...

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A sweet hour. Athens sprawls like a hetaira
offering herself to April.
Sensuous scents are in the air,
the spirit waits for nothing any more.

The silver of the evening's eyelids
droops, grows heavy up above the houses.
Queenlike the Acropolis puts on
the sunset's crimson like a robe.

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