Selected Poems, 1938-1988
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Selected Poems, 1938-1988

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  6 reviews
tr Kimon Friar & Kostas Myrsiades
Paperback, 486 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by BOA Editions, Ltd.
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Outstandingly - and consistently - great poems. "Surreal" - yet soulful, without the usual self-conscious affectation that can sometimes go along with so-called "magical realism". "Maturity" is my favorite of his poems.
great selection of Ritsos' work. it's too bad more people don't read Ritsos: his simplicity and beauty should be kitchen table conversation material.

his doxology is my favorite piece.
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I read portions of Ritsos in Kathleen Peirce's Voices of Eros in Poetry (Mitte Honors) class. I was floored - it is now on my "to buy" list.
i've heard that Ritsos is a bit of a one-trick pony. o, even if he is ! his best poems are, simply put, just great.
This is a substantial an amazing gathering of the remarkable work of Yannis Ritsos
Poetry that is very, very Greek. Ritsos is an aquired taste.
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Yiannis Ritsos (see also Yannis Ritsos) 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."

He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature nine times. All nominations have been unsucc...more
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