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Edited by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
Categories: 20th Century, Greek, Translation
Imprint: Carcanet Classics
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (320 pages)
(Pub. Sep 2018)
George Seferis's Complete Poems reissued as a Carcanet Classic
George Seferis is the great Greek poet of the twentieth century, a classic among classics. The formal and thematic versatility of his work, its decisively modern inflections, call Eliot’s poems to mind: fastidious and expansive in equal measure. Like Eliot’s deep-rooted Modernism, Seferis’s never loses touch with the stones and inscriptions of the past. He writes for his and our time, poetically and politically alert: culture can free us or, misapplied, can trammel us. Aptly described as ‘the unlocker of ancient stones and sea voyages’, Seferis was for Peter Levi ‘one of the greatest writers in this century in any language. . . From Seferis it was possible to learn. . . what seriousness about poetry is.’ And Archibald MacLeish wrote, ‘if any contemporary poet can be said to be essential, Seferis is that poet, and this’ – referring to an earlier edition of this book – ‘is the true body of his work’.
'Seferis' poetic observations of the world are unique and memorable [...] There is an immense sensuality and depth throughout [...] Carcanet Press have produced a handsome volume where the poems are clearly reproduced and given breathing space on the page.'
Maria Taylor, Nine Arches Press Blog
'Seferis' extraordinary gift occupies...the realm of the marvellous real.'
'Rather than an inventory of ruins, or setting up of monuments, his is a poetry of recovery. He achieves this with an uncanny simplicity. The directness of tone feels personal. The pitch works against poetical memory...towards the difficult, unresolved enigma, that of a collective of individuals, buried in the Greek landscape....Seferis raises them up for sympathy and compassion.'
Ishion Hutchinson, The Poetry Review
'One of the greatest writers in this century in any language ... From Seferis it was possible to learn ... what seriousness about poetry is.'
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