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, essayist and translator, regarded as a major 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 232,582 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Odysseas Elytis is the 714th most popular writer (down from 701st in 2019), the 174th most popular biography from Greece (down from 170th in 2019) and the 20th 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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Among writers, Odysseas Elytis ranks 714 out of 5,794Before him are Artemidorus, Francisco de Quevedo, Bert Hellinger, Masaru Emoto, Douglas Adams, and Multatuli. After him are Andrea Camilleri, Max Jacob, Carlos Fuentes, Alejo Carpentier, Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, and Neal Cassady.

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Among people born in 1911, Odysseas Elytis ranks 33Before him are Max Frisch, Ginger Rogers, Jules Dassin, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, Louise Bourgeois, and J. L. Austin. After him are Milovan Đilas, Samuel Reshevsky, Jean Harlow, Polykarp Kusch, William Alfred Fowler, and Richard Baer. Among people deceased in 1996, Odysseas Elytis ranks 23Before him are Sergiu Celibidache, Adolf Galland, Babrak Karmal, Tadeusz Reichstein, Silvio Piola, and Artur Axmann. After him are Magda Schneider, Solomon Asch, Gladwyn Jebb, René Clément, Abdus Salam, and Joan Clarke.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Odysseas Elytis ranks 174 out of 855Before him are Antigonus II Gonatas (-319), Aenesidemus (-80), Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark (1911), Helen of Greece and Denmark (1896), Necho II (-625), and Ioannis Kapodistrias (1776). After him are Andronicus of Rhodes (-100), Prokopis Pavlopoulos (1950), Epicharmus of Kos (-524), Theophano (941), Athenagoras of Athens (133), and Admetus (null).

Among WRITERS In Greece

Among writers born in Greece, Odysseas Elytis ranks 20Before him are Arion (-700), Alcaeus of Mytilene (-620), Tyrtaeus (-700), Longus (110), Demetrius Vikelas (1835), and Periander (-700). After him are Epicharmus of Kos (-524), Agathias (536), Aristarchus of Samothrace (-217), Bacchylides (-490), Corinna (-501), and Agathon (-448).