Modern Greek poetry often seems timeless or, rather, it occupies a time where past and present knit together, one and indivisible. The past is the hinge on which the present moves; yesterday is the metaphysical condition of today. Again and again, Greek myth and history come to illuminate the contemporary moment, bringing a sense of timelessness and of belonging to an infinitely wider symbolic order. The four poets represented here – Constantine Cavafy, Nikos Gatsos, George Seferis and Angelos Sikelianos – are among the greatest Greek poets. The poems are not translations, but ‘transformations’, ...


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