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Late Into the Night: The Last Poems of Yannis Ritsos

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The last poems of this 20th-century Greek master are tinged with sadness and loss, but they also, in their candidly poetic reporting of the life and world around him, hum with vitality and an odd note of hope. Ritsos felt defeated in his own health and politics, but as a poet he experienced a surge of creativity that is fascinating to follow in its chronology and exactitud ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 20th 1995 by Oberlin (first published 1995)
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This is a really interesting book, with lots of dense imagery and allusion. Without the introduction, I probably would have missed all the specific allusions to the Communist party and the author's disappointment with it's fall, but the poems work just as well without that specific knowledge.
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The final poems of Ritsos continue to prove that he was a poet who remained at the height of his powers through his long life.
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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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