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The sea in literature

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Marianthi Abatzi

on 30 June 2013

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COMENIUS 2011-13
The salty sweetness of the sea

1st Lyceum of Patras GREECE

Nikos Kazantzakis
Crete Island.
" I hope for nothing, I am afraid of nothing,
I am free"
He is well known abroad from his novel
"Zorba the Greek"
which was later turned into a film and covered musically by Mikis Theodorakis"

One of his special works is the
translation of Homer's Odyssey
from ancient to modern Greek.
Almost all Greek poets and novelists have offered great works, influenced by the salty sweetness of the sea.
In the current presentation
we are going to highlight some
of the most important ones arising from their birth places on the map of Greece.
HOMER (8th cent. B.C.)
The most ancient Greek poet. Everybody knows his "Odyssey" (The Odysseus' adventurous trip from Troy to Ithaca Greece) and "Iliada" (The war of Troy). Both poems were handed down orally through time.
First lines of Odyssey.

"Tell me, O muse,
of that ingenious hero
who traveled far and wide
after he had sacked
the famous town of Troy..."
Dionisios Solomos
He is the poet of our
National anthem.
A hymn to Freedom
(Greek National anthem)

"I know you from the blade of your mighty sword,
I know you from the violence
that scared the Earth.

From the sacred bones
of our holiest Greeks,
and as the bravest did
before us.
Hail, Hail, Freedom..."
Alexandros Papadiamandis
Yiannis Ritsos
Yiorgos Seferis
Nobel prize 1963
Odysseus Elitis
Nobel prize 1979
The poet of the sun and the Aegean Sea.
Andreas Karkavitsas
Nikos Kavadias
Sea man and poet
He is a famous writer for his distinctive, lively and lyric descriptions of characters and nature.
Lots of his novels depict the sea and life by the sea.
We dressed the loves of our youth
in wet seaweeds,
we offered the gods of the seashore
shiny seashells and cobblestones

Inside the caves of the sea
there is a thirst, there is a love
there is an ecstasy,
all as hard as the seashells
you can hold in your hand.
On the highest mast
the young sailor waves a song.

his song
and the horizons of his trip
and the echo of his nostalgia.
On the most wet rock, the fiancée is waiting, for a sailing boat.
... No matter how much you might worship and glorify the sea, it will do as it likes. Do not take its smile and the treasures it offers you for granted ...
Chios Island
Zakynthos Island
Skiathos Island
Lesvos Island
was born in
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his origins were in
Σε γνωρίζω από την κόψη
του σπαθιού την τρομερή!
Σε γνωρίζω από την όψη
που με βιά μετράει τη γη!

Απ'τα κόκκαλα βγαλμένη
των Ελλήνων τα ιερά!
Και σαν πρώτα ανδρειωμένη
χαίρε! ω! χαίρε Λευτεριά!
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