Odysseas Elytis

1911 - 1996

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Odysseas Elytis (Greek: Οδυσσέας Ελύτης [oðiˈseas eˈlitis], pen name of Odysseas Alepoudellis, Greek: Οδυσσέας Αλεπουδέλλης; 2 November 1911 – 18 March 1996) was a Greek poet, man of letters, essayist and translator, regarded as the definitive exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. He is one of the most praised poets of the second half of the twentieth century, with his Axion Esti "regarded as a monument of contemporary poetry". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Odysseas Elytis has received more than 306,694 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Odysseas Elytis is the 814th most popular writer (up from 835th in 2019), the 194th most popular biography from Greece (up from 204th in 2019) and the 23rd most popular Greek Writer.

Odysseas Elytis is most famous for his poem "Axion Esti" which translates to "It Is All Right." The poem is a reflection on death and the poet's acceptance of it.

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Sovereign Sun
Journal of an unseen April =
The axion esti
The sovereign sun
The axion esti
Translations into English, Greek poetry, Greek poetry, translations into english
To axion esti
Translations into English, Traductions anglaises, Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Ho zōgraphos Theophilos
Criticism and interpretation
Odysseas Elytēs


Among writers, Odysseas Elytis ranks 814 out of 7,302Before him are Daniel Keyes, Magtymguly Pyragy, Max Frisch, Dobrica Ćosić, John le Carré, and Basava. After him are Danilo Kiš, Charles Maurras, Tony Buzan, Jerome K. Jerome, Edgar Wallace, and Ban Gu.

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Among people born in 1911, Odysseas Elytis ranks 38Before him are Bernard Katz, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, William Howard Stein, Niels Kaj Jerne, Ginger Rogers, and Max Frisch. After him are Trygve Haavelmo, Ernesto Sabato, John Archibald Wheeler, Herta Oberheuser, Louise Bourgeois, and Richard Baer. Among people deceased in 1996, Odysseas Elytis ranks 29Before him are Joan Clarke, Marcel Carné, Magda Schneider, Abdus Salam, Artur Axmann, and René Clément. After him are Ademir de Menezes, Solomon Asch, Andreas Papandreou, Gladwyn Jebb, Masaki Kobayashi, and Nicu Ceaușescu.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Odysseas Elytis ranks 194 out of 1,024Before him are Herodes Atticus (101), Leochares (-400), Nearchus (-356), Theopompus (-400), Aenesidemus (-80), and Hipparchia of Maroneia (-350). After him are Erasistratus (-303), Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark (1914), Exekias (-501), Berenice I of Egypt (-340), Telamon (null), and Bacchylides (-490).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Odysseas Elytis ranks 23Before him are Tyrtaeus (-700), Periander (-700), Agathias (536), Longus (110), Aelia Eudocia (401), and Demetrius Vikelas (1835). After him are Bacchylides (-490), Philostratus (170), Lafcadio Hearn (1850), Aristarchus of Samothrace (-217), Corinna (-501), and Jean Moréas (1856).