Monday, December 17, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
In memmory of Giannis Ritsos 1909-1990
from wikipedia:Ritsos is considered one of the five great Greek poets of the twentieth century, together with Konstantinos Kavafis, Kostas Kariotakis, Giorgos Seferis, and Odysseus Elytis. The French poet Louis Aragon once said that Ritsos was "the greatest poet of our age." He was unsuccessfully proposed nine times for the Nobel Prize for Literature. When he won the Lenin Peace Prize, he declared "this prize is more important for me than the Nobel".His poetry was banned at times in Greece due to his left wing beliefs.Notable works by Ritsos include Tractor (1934), Pyramids (1935), Epitaph (1936), and Vigil (1941–1953).One of his most important works is Moonlight Sonata:
"I know that each one of us travels to love alone,
alone to faith and to death.
I know it. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t help.
Let me come with you."
—from Moonlight Sonata. Translation by Peter Green and Beverly Bardsley