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Selected Poems, 1938-1988

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
tr Kimon Friar & Kostas Myrsiades
Paperback, 486 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by BOA Editions, Ltd. (first published 1974)
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Ken
Mar 10, 2011 Ken rated it it was amazing
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.
metaphor
Aug 20, 2013 metaphor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The Third One

The three of them sat before the window looking at the sea.
One talked about the sea. The second listened. The third
neither spoke nor listened ; he was deep in the sea ; he floated .
.Behind the window panes, his movements were slow, clear
in the thin pale blue. He was exploring a sunken ship.
He rang the dead bell for the watch ; fine bubbles
rose bursting with a soft sound - suddenly,
' Did he drown?' asked one ; the other said : ' He drowned.' The
third one
looked at them helpless from t
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Aaron
Nov 06, 2008 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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.
Heather
Feb 14, 2008 Heather marked it as to-read
Shelves: poetry
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.
George
May 31, 2008 George rated it it was amazing
This is a substantial an amazing gathering of the remarkable work of Yannis Ritsos
Piet Michael
Jun 09, 2014 Piet Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, greek
Ritsos is my least favourite Greek poet for his topics tend to be more political and less elegant than those of Kavafis, Karyotakis, Seferis and Elytis.
Rauan
Sep 05, 2008 Rauan rated it really liked it
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.
George
May 31, 2012 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read Ritsos.
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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 landow
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