Elytis, Odysseus

Elytis, Odysseus

biographical name

(born Nov. 2, 1911, Ir├íklion, Crete—died March 18, 1996, Athens, Greece) Greek poet. The scion of a prosperous family from Lesbos, he began publishing verse influenced by French Surrealism in the 1930s. His first two collections reveal his love of the Greek landscape and the Aegean Sea. During World War II he fought against the Italians in Albania and became something of a bard among young Greeks. One of his best-known poems is The Axion Esti (1959); later works include The Sovereign Sun (1971) and The Little Mariner (1986). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1979.


Elytis, Odysseus or Odysseas Elytes, orig. Odysseus Alepoudhelis

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