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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Beauty and the Illiterate

Often, in the Repose of Evening her soul took a lightness from
the mountains across, although the day was harsh and
tomorrow foreign.

But, when it darkened well and out came the priest's hand over
the little garden of the dead, She

Alone, Standing, with the few domestics of the night—the blowing
rosemary and the murmur of smoke from the kilns—
at sea's entry, wakeful

Otherly beauty!

Only the waves' words half-guessed or in a rustle, and others

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