Late Into the Night: The Last Poems of Yannis Ritsos

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Oberlin College Press, Dec 1, 1995 - Poetry - 128 pages
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The last poems of this 20th-century Greek master are tinged with sadness and loss, but they also, in their candidly poetic reporting of the life and world around him, hum with vitality and an odd note of hope. Ritsos felt defeated in his own health and politics, but as a poet he experienced a surge of creativity that is fascinating to follow in its chronology and exactitude.

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About the author (1995)

Ritsos, imprisoned by the Greek dictatorship, has repeatedly suffered from his strong revolutionary sentiments: "Haunted by death, driven at times to the edge of madness and suicide, Ritsos throughout his life has been upheld by his obstinate faith in poetry as redemption, and in the revolutionary ideal" (Friar, Modern Greek Poetry). Initially a follower of the demotic tradition, Ritsos went through a phase of militant, doctrinaire poetry. Eventually, however, his work became free of anger and recrimination. In long poems, such as Romiosyne (1947), he writes compassionately, celebrating life in an unadorned style. He has produced dozens of volumes of poems, drama, and translations.

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