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Κostas Κaryotakis


Biography

Kostas Karyotakis is a Greek poet influenced by the 19th-century French Symbolist poets. He born in Tripolis at 1896 and died in Preveza at 1928.

Kariotakis spent most of his lonely childhood in Crete. He read law at Athens and won a prize for poetry in 1920. After obtaining his degree he worked as a government clerk in Athens, where he developed a friendship with the young poet Maria Polidouri. Later he was transferred to Patrai and thence to Preveza, where he shot himself (July 20, 1928).

 

Karyotakis' two volumes of poetry show the influence of the New School of Poetry of Athens, founded in about 1880 by Kostis Palamas, which revolted against Katharevusa, the stilted and archaic official language of Greece, and against the emotionalism of the Romantics. His poetry also reveals the Symbolist influence in addition to the loneliness and despair of his childhood.

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Photos from his house in Tripolis

 

House entrance, 1995

The house at 1995

Karyotαkis' house (1995)

Karyotαkis' house today (1999)

Karyotαkis' house today (1999)

Karyotαkis' house today (1999)

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Related Links

 

Pages for Karyotαkis
Anthologia, Greek Poets, K. Karyotakis
Karyotakis' poets translated  in English  (P. King, A. Christodoulou)

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