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Complete Poems

George Seferis

Edited by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

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ISBN: 978 0 856462 14 6
Categories: 20th Century, Greek, Translation
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: June 1998
217 x 138 x 23 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback
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  • George Seferis (1900–1971) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963. Truthful and magical, his poetry has captivated both Greek and foreign readers. Aptly described by Charlotte Du Cann 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.’
    George Seferis
    George Seferis (1900–1971) was born near Smyrna in Asia Minor. His long and distinguished diplomatic career began in 1925: he was appointed Ambassador to the UK, a post which he held from 1957 to 1962. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963. He famously opposed the Greek junta of ... read more
    Edmund Keeley
    Edmund Keeley translated the poetry of Cavafy, Seferis and Sikelianos with the late Philip Sherrard. His translations of Yannis Ritsos received the Academy of American Poets’ Landon Award and the EU’s First European Prize. He is a novelist whose non-fiction works include Cavafy’s Alexandria and Inventing Paradise . He lives in ... read more
    Philip Sherrard
    Philip Sherrard (1922–1995) lived his later years on the island of Evia. Among his many books perhaps the best-known are two studies of modern Greek literature, The Marble Threshing Floor and The Wound of Greece, and the later Edward Lear: The Corfu Years . With Edmund Keeley he translated the ... read more
     '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.'
    Peter Levi
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