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A Poet's Journal: Days of 1945–1951

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In 1967, George Seferis decided the time had finally come to publish at least a portion of his journals. As he was preparing his manuscript for the printer, however, the political climate in Greece became increasingly unpropitious for such an undertaking. Soon he did not feel free to publish in his own country, and in those ominous days there were even some fears for the s ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 23rd 1999 (first published January 1st 1974)
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Lanny
May 11, 2008 Lanny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was somebody I didn't know about at all. Once again, like letters, these more traditional journals are very interesting to me. This one is very nice indeed, especially because Seferis is interested in reflecting on his position in a sense in the history of greek letters, and so he reflects on a lot of greek writers in a way one would just not hear from any one else. I hope I turn into one of these somber old Modernists one day, grow my gray beard and melt into the sea like the old hermit
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John Yiannoudis
Sep 25, 2012 John Yiannoudis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All Seferis' journals (and unfortunately most of them are not translated in english) are an excellent way for one to see behind the curtain of Greek political history and life. Seferis, who spend all his time being a diplomat and ambassador, does what only a good poet can do: describes all this smelly political reality with very few, very elegantly chosen words but which form a fantastic canvas. Sometimes one small Seferis' sentence abt a person may be more descriptive than a ten pages essay. De ...more
Josh
Nov 13, 2008 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A journal is a record of one person's survival. The algebra of Seferis's "Poet's Journal" might put "What it means to be Greek," "loneliness," "Battle with forebearers (Cavafy)," and "obscutiry" on one side of the bars, and "light," "cats," and "the sea" on the other. Watching the equation balance is incredibly interesting. The poet, I guess, is always happy, or healthy, even when he's sad, or dying.
Roy Oltmann
Feb 03, 2014 Roy Oltmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent personal reflections of a very hard time in Greece. (When isn't it a hard time in Greece!) He never comments directly on politics but it is always there. The trips through Asia Minor have an underlying sadness. Hope to get to more of his work when I've learned Greek better.
George
Dec 07, 2007 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The marvelous Greek poet, George Seferis, presents us here with an intimate portrait from his journals. The melancholy we hear in Seferis's poetry finds firm footing in the journals.
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Awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his eminent lyrical writing, inspired by a deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture."
First Greek to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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