A Look at Greek Poet Odysseas Elytis’s Poems
In the beginning the light And the first hourwhen lips still in claytry out the things of the worldGreen blood and bulbs golden in the earthAnd the sea, so exquisite in her sleep, spreadunbleached gauze of skyunder the carob trees and the great upright palmsfrom “The Axion Esti”
“The Axion Estin” is inspired by the memories of the 1940-1941 war, the German occupation, the Greek resistance and the Greek Civil War that followed. Elytis has a living experience of all these crucial phases of the modern Greek history and understands them as aspects of the timeless siege of Greece by the forces of Evil. Axion Esti was made into a song and was generally enthusiastically received by the Greek readers and the literature critics. This did not happen only due to its artistic value, but also due to its operation as a fundamental work that redefined the Greek collective unconscious by elaborating repressed experiences and myths from the modern Greek history.
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