“But you must know that only he who fights the darkness within will the day after tomorrow have his own share in the sun": First Edition of the Odysseus Elytis Selected Poems; Signed by Him

  • Selected Poems.

Selected Poems.


Item Number: 3805

London: Anvil Press, 1981.

First edition of this collection of poems by the Nobel laureate. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Odysseus Elytis on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Chosen and introduced by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard.

Selected Poems is drawn from various periods of Elytis’ career and traces his development from early surrealism, in which he transforms French influence into a distinct personal voice and mythology, through the dramatic style of The Axion Esti with its blend of spirituality and earthiness, up to the later work in which he experiments with new modes for expressing his perennial themes. Elytis was born in Crete in 1911, and began to publish poetry in the 1930s. He took part in the campaign against the Italian fascists in Albania in 1940-41. He was one of the most prominent poets of the Greek resistance during the Nazi occupation. In 1979 Elytis was awarded the Nobel Prize for his poetry which, "against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man’s struggle for freedom and creativeness."

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