The poet Odysseus Elitis is rarely known to the Swedish audience. However, the latest collection of his poems in stock near Ellerstrom's Publishing House is "Diary from an Invisible April," written by a poet who sees death approaching without bitterness.
Elitis was born in Crete in 1911 with the Alpodelis surname, which he later took to redeem himself from the family's successful soapmaking companies. In Elitis, he combined Greek words that he valued very much: "Citizens" citizens and "Elas", that is, Greece, "Alipida" meaning hope, "Elepharia" – independence and the first name "Eleni", used for beauty. Is. And sensuality.
Couple in the Nobel Prize
When he debuted, it was through the encouragement of his friend and poet Georgios Seferis, who in 1963 became the first Greek to receive a Nobel Prize in literature. It was the turn of the Odysseus Elite in 1979.
As a 17-year-old, he was already interested in surrealism, and during his time in Paris he became acquainted with the ideal Andre Breton and Tristan Zazzara, but especially with the poet Paul ^ Lward.
Like Ard Lord, Elitis absorbed parts of the surrealism he chose, but not automatic writing. At the same time, he described surrealism as a poetic movement that resisted rational thinking for mental health that has long dominated the West.
The first poetry collection & # 39; Sunny Pictures of Young Love on the Aegean Sea, transitioned into a much darker tone in "Eleoik's Lamentations on a Venable Fallen in Albania" (not translated into Swedish), in Elite's poem suite about World War II.
The great wonder of life
In 1959 he published the collection, known as his masterpiece, "Axion asti – Promised Bing", in which linguistic rigor expresses his tenderness toward the greatness of life. In an essay on Elity's masterpiece, Christina Heldner, a professor at the University of Gothenburg, says that these poems are partly composed by M Mix Theodorikis and are frequently cited on Greek blogs.
In the fall of the era, Odysseus Eliotis still spoke of his poetry as a source full of innocence and revolutionary powers.
My mission is to direct these forces to a world that cannot accept my consciousness, can certainly lead the world through a metaphor that is constantly in line with my dreams.