In awarding Odysseus Elytis the 1979 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy praised him "for his poetry, which, opposed to the historical past of Greek culture, depicts with sensuous energy and highbrow clearsightedness smooth man's fight for freedom and creativeness." all through his lengthy occupation as a poet, Elytis (1911–1996) remained precise to his imaginative and prescient of a poetry that addresses the facility of language and connects the background and mythology of Greece to the actual international and to the realities of the trendy age. popular for his or her amazing lyricism and profound optimism, Elytis's poems trap the normal wonders of Greece and provides voice to the modern Greek―and to a extra universally human―consciousness.
Originally released in 1997, The amassed Poems of Odysseus Elytis, translated into English through Jeffrey Carson and Nikos Sarris, used to be the 1st whole number of Elytis's poems in any language. integrated during this landmark quantity have been Elytis's early poems, encouraged in equivalent elements via surrealism and the wildlife; Song Heroic and Mourning for the misplaced moment Lieutenant of the Albanian Campaign, his epic poem connecting Greece's―and his own―Second international conflict adventure to the parable of the everlasting Greek hero; his such a lot bold paintings, The Axion Esti; and his mature poetry, from Maria Nephele to West of Sorrow.
For this multiplied re-creation, Carson and Sarris have extra sixty loose verse and prose poems first released in Greek within the posthumous 1998 quantity From shut By, in addition to a collection of track lyrics, The Rhos of Eros, and a cantata, The Sovereign Sun, formerly passed over. All were translated with an identical care and magnificence because the remainder of Elytis's oeuvre, brilliantly rendering into English the Greek poet's lyrical voice and the richness of his diction.