Sunday, 19 January 2014

Greek group of poetry

Some of Greek seniors created a group of poetry. It will be a place to come, express their self, exchange ideas about Greek and Italian poems, to discuss and improve their knowledge in poetry and so much more.
The Greek poetry is a history of three thousand years. From the epics of Homeric Greece to the historical , from the romances, hymns,  to the innovative voices of a resurgent twentieth century, this group will have goals to  bring together the diverse strands of the Greek poetic tradition.
In the first meeting they discuss about poetry. How they feel about poetry . What is this?
In the second meeting they read poems of our National poet Dionysios Solomos.

He (8 April 1798 – 9 February 1857) was a Greek poet from Zakynthos.
He is best known for writing the Hymn to Liberty (Greek: Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían), of which the first two stanzas, set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros, became the Greek national anthem in 1865. He was the central figure of the Heptanese School of poetry, and is considered the national poet of Greece—not only because he wrote the national anthem, but also because he contributed to the preservation of earlier poetic tradition and highlighted its usefulness to modern literature. Other notable poems include (Τhe Cretan), (The Free Besieged) and others. A characteristic of his work is that no poem except the Hymn to Liberty was completed, and almost nothing was published during his lifetime.
Solomos went to Italy with his tutor, who returned to his home town,Cremona. Solomos was enrolled at Pavia's University's Faculty of Law, from which he graduated in 1817. Given the interest the young poet showed in the flourishing Italian literature and being a perfect speaker of Italian, he started writing poems in Italian. One of the most important first poems written in Italian during that period of time was the Ode per la prima messa (Ode to the first mass) and La distruzione di Gerusalemme (The destruction of Jerusalem). In the meantime, he acquainted himself with famous Italian poets and novelists (possibly Manzoni, Vincenzo Monti etc.); Ugo Foscolo from Zakynthos was among his friends. As a result, he was easily accepted in the Italian literary circles and evolved into a revered poet of the Italian language.

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