George Seferis - Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0691014914

ISBN-13: 9780691014913

Edition: 1995 (Revised)

Authors: George Seferis, Edmund Keeley, Philip Sherrard

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In this new edition of George Seferis's poems, the acclaimed translations by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard are revised and presented in a compact, English-only volume. The revision covers all the poems published in Princeton's earlier bilingual edition,George Seferis: Collected Poems(expanded edition, 1981). Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963, George Seferis (1900-71) has long been recognized as a major international figure, and Keeley and Sherrard are his ideal translators. They create, in the words of Archibald MacLeish, a "translation worthy of Seferis, which is to praise it as highly as it could be praised." Although Seferis was preoccupied with his tradition as few other poets of the same generation were with theirs, and although he was actively engaged in the immediate political aspirations of his nation, his value for readers lies in what he made of this preoccupation and this engagement in fashioning a broad poetic vision. He is also known for his stylistic purity, which allows no embellishment beyond that necessary for precise yet rich poetic statement.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Seferis, who was Greece's ambassador to London in 1961, has done much to integrate the unique Greek heritage with avant-garde European poetry. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets of his time. Born in Smyrna, he moved to Athens at age 14. He studied in Paris at the end of World War I and afterward joined the Greek diplomatic service. "Eminent as he is as a European poet," wrote Rex Warner, "Seferis is preeminently a Greek poet, conscious of the Greek tradition which shaped, and indeed created the tradition of Europe. Throughout the poetry of Seferis one will notice his profound consciousness of the presence of the past and its weight." His themes show a constant awareness of both the dignity and the inevitable sorrow of humanity. His images---the voyage, the search, and the ruins that become alive and yet suggest death---are universal, his treatment of them contemporary. His language has a disciplined power and simplicity. In addition to the Poems, selections from his poetry appear in Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard's Six Poets of Modern Greece. The Royal Swedish Literary Academy awarded Seferis the Nobel Prize "for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture."

The angel...
Still one more well inside a cave...
I woke with this marble head in my hands...
And a soul/if it is to know itself...
We didn't know them...
The garden with its fountains in the rain...
Westward the sea mergers with a mountain range...
What are they after, our souls, travelling...
The harbour is old, I can't wait any longer...
Our country is closed in, all mountains...
Sometimes your blood froze like the moon...
Three rocks, a few burnt pines, a lone chapel...
Dolphins banners and the sound of cannons...
Three red pigeons in the light...
Sleep wrapped you in green leaves like a tree...
On the track, once more on the track...
Now that you are leaving...
I regret having let a broad river slip...
Even if the wind blows it doesn't cool us...
In my breast the wound opens again...
We who set out on this pilgrimage...
So very much having passed before our eyes...
A little farther...
Here end the works of the sea, the works of love...
Letter of Mathios Paskalis
Syngrou Avenue, 1930
Reflections on a Foreign Line of Verse
Sixteen Haiku
This body that hoped to flower like a branch...
Sirocco 7 Levante
In the Manner of G. S.
The Old Man
All Things Pass Away
Fires of St John
Mr. Stratis Thalassinos Describes a Man
Mr. Stratis Thalassinos Describes a Man: Child
Mr. Stratis Thalassinos Describes a Man: Adolescent
Mr. Stratis Thalassinos Describes a Man: Young Man
Mr. Stratis Thalassinos Describes a Man: Man
Notes for a 'Week': Monday
Notes for a 'Week': Tuesday
Notes for a 'Week': Wednesday
Notes for a 'Week': Thursday
Notes for a 'Week': Friday
Notes for a 'Week': Saturday
Notes for a 'Week': Sunday
A Word for Summer
Epiphany, 1937
Flowers of the rock facing the green sea...
The warm water reminds me each morning...
Between two bitter moments...
In the sea caves...
Stop looking for the sea...
Mathios Paskalis Among the Roses
Fine Autumn Morning
Piazza San Niccolo
Our Sun
The Return of the Exile
The Container of the Uncontainable
Interlude of Joy
The Leaf of the Poplar
The Last Day
Spring A.D.
The Jasmine
Les Anges Sont Blancs
The Sentence to Oblivion
The King of Asini
Days of June '41
The Figure of Fate
Kerk Str. Oost, Pretoria, Transvaal
Stratis Thalassinos Among the Agapanthi
An Old Man on the River Bank
Stratis Thalassinos on the Dead Sea
Days of April '43
Here Among the Bones
Last Stop
'Thrush'I: The houses I had they took away...
'Thrush'II: I saw him yesterday...
'Thrush'III: This wood that cooled my forehead...
Agianapa I
Details on Cyprus
In the Goddess's Name I Summon You...
Memory I
The Demon of Fornication
Three Mules
Memory II
Salamis in Cyprus
Euripides the Athenian
On a Ray of Winter Light
On Stage
Summer Solstice
Letter to Rex Warner
The Cats of St Nicholas
'On Aspalathoi...'
Appendix: Rhymed Poems
Turning Point
Slowly You Spoke
The Sorrowing Girl
The Companions in Hades
The Mood of a Day
Erotikos Logos
The Cistern
Actors, Middle East
Agianapa II
In the Kyrenia District
Pedlar from Sidon
Bibliographical Note
Biographical Data
Index of Titles
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