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The Axion Esti (Pitt Poetry Series) Paperback – November 11, 1974


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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (November 11, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822953188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822953180
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Axion Esti [is] the work on which Elytis's reputation rests, and which almost certainly won him the Nobel Prize."

—New York Review of Books

About the Author

Odysseus Elytis, one of the eminent contemporary poets of Greece, was born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1911.  The poems in his many books have been translated into eleven languages.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
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Resplendent. All that I have tried to accomplish in my writing is crystallized by this tender-voiced poet. Here, he takes the elemental power of beauty found in nature, youth and man, and restructures the reality of time. He weaves a personal mythology, integrating surrealism and Greek history. It is impossible to describe the affect and style of this work which alternates between prose, free verse and complex, metered verse. The eternal conflict and balance between Light and Dark is chronicled. Elytis speaks with a universality that transcends war and history specific to Greece--his message is applicable to all peoples and times. Moving, tragic, humorous, dark and beautiful, The Axion Esti celebrates Light, Life and Love. Stin archi to Fos kai i ora i proti, pou ta cheili akoma ston pilo dokimazoun ta pragmata tou kosmou...
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By Joe on May 6, 2014
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It's beautiful. You will find something new in it every time you read it. Also, listen to it set to music by Mikis Theodorakis.
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Sometimes the shallowness & cynicism of the everyday world can become overwhelming. When it does, a magnificent poem such as this not only reminds me of the vast beauty & wonder of existence, it makes me feel & experience all of that like the blood beating in my body, like the sun blazing on my skin. The magnum opus of Nobel prize-winner Odysseus Elytis, it's a modern epic that combines personal autiobiography with the universal: it speaks not only with the voice of the poet, but the voice of Greece, and indeed the world itself. While the author was influenced in his youth by Surrealism, it's not a Surrealist poem, even if he learned much from that movement. More than anything else, it's a Greek poem, a hymn to creation, a cathedral of luminous song & praise that's all the more powerful for not stinting on the darkest of shadows at times. Simply magnificent!
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