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Sappho, the Ancient Greek Poet in Fragments

Sappho sang of desire, passion, and love mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.  By Marguerite Johnson For those who...

Yannis Ritsos: The Greatest Greek Poet of His Time

When Yannis Ritsos passed away on November 11, 1990, the world of poetry lost one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.

The Story Behind Maya Angelou’s Greek Last Name

Famous African American poet and author Maya Angelou, who recently became the first black woman to appear on a US coin, has a distinctly Greek last name. A US quarter featuring an image of Angelou went into circulation this week...

Kostis Palamas: The Great Poet of Hellenism

Kostis Palamas was not only one of the major Greek poets of modern times; he was also one of the most inspiring figures of Hellenism, as his poems became anthems of the newly-independent Greek state. Born in Patras on January...

Greek Poet Odysseas Elytis Depicts Struggle for Freedom

Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis is regarded as one of Greece’s major poets and a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and worldwide. In 1979, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and most of his works have been translated...

The Life and Work of Greek Surrealist Nikos Engonopoulos

Greek surrealist painter and poet Nikos Engonopoulos is one of the most well-known modern Greek painters internationally. He was an important figure in the Generation of the '30s, a prominent group of artists and thinkers in Greece. This group was fascinated...

Kostas Karyotakis, the Brilliantly Evocative Modern Greek Poet

Kostas Y. Karyotakis, who was born in Tripolis in 1896 and died in Preveza in 1928, is one of the finest modern Greek poets of the 1920s. His poetry has been translated into over thirty languages, and he is...

Lafcadio Hearn: The Greek National Poet of Japan

Lafcadio Hearn, a unique figure in international literature, began his life in Greece and spent the rest of his career in Japan.

Award-Winning Greek Teen Poet Releases Poetry Compilation

Greek teen poet Dimosthenis-Dimitrios Despotidis, who won an international poetry competition last year, recently released a compilation of his poetry called "Searching for My Footsteps." The compilation, which is available in both Greek and English, includes 46 poems from the...

Greece to Restore Historic Home of National Poet Kostis Palamas

After many years of neglect and dilapidation, the historic home of poet Kostis Palamas in Athens is given a lifeline by the Greek Ministry of Culture. According to a decision on Tuesday, the poet's historic home, located in Plaka, will...