Yiannis Ritsos





Yiannis Ritsos

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born
in Monemvassia, Greece
May 01, 1909

died
November 11, 1990

gender
male

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Yiannis Ritsos (Greek: Γιάννης Ρίτσος) is considered to be 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."

Yannis Ritsos was born in Monemvassia (Greece), on May 1st, 1909 as cadet of a noble family of landowners. Born to a well-to-do landowning family in Monemvasia, Ritsos suffered great losses as a child. The early deaths of his mother and his eldest brother from tuberculosis, the commitment of his father who suffered with mental disease and the economic ruin of losing his family marked Ritsos and affected his poetry. Ritsos, himself, was confined in
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More books by Yiannis Ritsos…
“هؤلاء
الذين يحدقون فى الحافات
دائمو الريبة
أيديهم ضُمت فى جيوبهم
لديهم الكثير مما يقولونه
لكنهم يلوذون بالصمت
السماء تمتد نحو دواخلهم
لذلك، أحياناً، تحت القمر
تجدهم وحيدين، يبتسمون أمام بابٍ موصد.”
Yiannis Ritsos

“When there's a moon the shadows in the house grow larger;
invisible hands draw back the curtains,
a pallid finger writes forgotten words on dust
of the piano...”
Yiannis Ritsos, The Fourth Dimension

“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.”
Yiannis Ritsos, The Moonlight Sonata

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