Yiannis Ritsos’ 5 Classic Greek Poems You Should Read
Let me come with you. What a moon there is tonight!The moon is kind – it won’t showthat my hair turned white. The moonwill turn my hair to gold again. You wouldn’t understand.Let me come with you…When there’s a moon the shadows in the house grow larger,invisible hands draw the curtains,a ghostly finger writes forgotten words in the duston the piano – I don’t want to hear them. Hush.from “Moonlight Sonata”
“Moonlight Sonata” (1956)
This poem marks the start of a new era for Ritsos’ poetry and the Greek poetic standards in general. In this poem, memories, agonies and deep emotions come back to the surface reflecting the ideological confusion and reclassification of the Greek left, where Ritsos belongs ideologically and politically. The poet underlines the importance of redefining his identity within the changing world. It remains one of his most famous poems.
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