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A Century of Greek Poetry 1900-2000 C.E., Bilingual Edition


This bilingual anthology presents the best of Greek poetry in the 20th century. Included are 109 poets and 456 poems, with the Greek original and the English translation on opposite pages. Many of the poems and the translations are published for the first time. This anthology includes Kimon Friar's previously unpublished modifications to his original translations. Most poetry readers have some awareness of Ancient Greece as the cultural wellspring of the Western world, or some appreciation of contemporary Greece as an paradise of sun-washed shores and classical ruins, but the more-than-two-thousand-year interim between these two worlds is often a blank or blurred page of history. If Homer, Sappho and Euripides live on as household names, Seferis and Elytis, both Nobel laureates, are still little known to the wider public. The poet and scholar Constantine A. Trypanis refers to Greek poetry as that "with the longest and perhaps noblest tradition in the Western world," and concludes that "in the last hundred years greater and more original poetry has been written in Greek than in the last fourteen centuries which preceded them". With the exception of Cavafy, widely recognized as one of the most important poets of the 20th century, no other major Greek modern poet has been able to attract more than a limited readership. Yet modern Greek poetry is neither marginal nor minor. It is a constituent part, and a very important one, of the literature of modern Europe. The 20th century poets, including the two Nobel prize winners, bring to light a massive and splendid achievement of modern European literature and underline its continued vitality and originality. Includes Bibliographical data Alphabetical index of poems in English and Greek Alphabetical index of poets in English Frontispiece by Y. Moralis

Code: 10010
ISBN: 9781932455007
Binding: Hardcover with Jacket
Pages: 993
Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Cosmos Publishing
Published In: USA
Editor(s): Peter Bien, Peter Constantine, Edmund Keeley, Karen van Dyck
Translator: 63 translators
Language: English, Greek