Giorgos Seferis

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Giorgos or George Seferis, the pen name of Georgios Seferiades (Γεώργιος Σεφεριάδης; March 13 1900 – September 20, 1971), was a Greek poet-diplomat.wikipedia
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Poet-diplomat

Giorgos or George Seferis, the pen name of Georgios Seferiades (Γεώργιος Σεφεριάδης; March 13 1900 – September 20, 1971), was a Greek poet-diplomat.
The best known poet-diplomats are perhaps Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Wyatt; the category also includes recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature: Ivo Andrić, Gabriela Mistral, Saint-John Perse, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Pablo Neruda, George Seferis, Czesław Miłosz and Octavio Paz.

Urla, İzmir

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Seferis was born in Vourla near Smyrna in Asia Minor, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey).
Urla prides itself for having raised two important men of letters, Giorgos Seferis and Necati Cumalı.

Greece

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He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate.
Two Greek authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature: George Seferis in 1963 and Odysseas Elytis in 1979.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

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His father, Stelios Seferiadis, was a lawyer, and later a professor at the University of Athens, as well as a poet and translator in his own right.

T. S. Eliot

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Seferis was also greatly influenced by Kavafis, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
Eliot additionally influenced, among many others, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, Hart Crane, William Gaddis, Allen Tate, Ted Hughes, Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, Kamau Brathwaite, Russell Kirk, George Seferis (who in 1936 published a modern Greek translation of The Waste Land) and James Joyce.

University of Paris

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He continued his studies in Paris from 1918 to 1925, studying law at the Sorbonne.

Denial (poem)

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At his funeral, huge crowds followed his coffin through the streets of Athens, singing Mikis Theodorakis’ setting of Seferis’ poem 'Denial' (then banned); he had become a popular hero for his resistance to the regime.
Denial (Greek: Άρνηση) is a poem by Giorgos Seferis (1900–1971) published in his collection Turning Point (Στροφή "Strophe") in 1931.

Culture of Greece

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While Seferis has sometimes been considered a nationalist poet, his 'Hellenism' had more to do with his identifying a unifying strand of humanism in the continuity of Greek culture and literature.
Leading modern poets are Kostis Palamas, and Constantine P. Cavafy, as well as George Seferis, and Odysseus Elytis, winners of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1963 and 1979, respectively.

Greek military junta of 1967–1974

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In 1967 the repressive nationalist, right-wing Regime of the Colonels took power in Greece after a coup d'état.
On 28 March 1969, after two years of widespread censorship, political detentions and torture, Giorgos Seferis, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1963, took a stand against the junta.

Greek literature

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While Seferis has sometimes been considered a nationalist poet, his 'Hellenism' had more to do with his identifying a unifying strand of humanism in the continuity of Greek culture and literature.
The Greek authors George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Nobel Prize

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He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate.

Smyrna

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Seferis was born in Vourla near Smyrna in Asia Minor, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey).

Anatolia

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Seferis was born in Vourla near Smyrna in Asia Minor, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey).

Ottoman Empire

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Seferis was born in Vourla near Smyrna in Asia Minor, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey).

İzmir

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Seferis was born in Vourla near Smyrna in Asia Minor, Ottoman Empire (now İzmir, Turkey).

Lawyer

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His father, Stelios Seferiadis, was a lawyer, and later a professor at the University of Athens, as well as a poet and translator in his own right.

Venizelism

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He was also a staunch Venizelist and a supporter of the demotic Greek language over the formal, official language (katharevousa).

Modern Greek

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He was also a staunch Venizelist and a supporter of the demotic Greek language over the formal, official language (katharevousa).

Greek language

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He was also a staunch Venizelist and a supporter of the demotic Greek language over the formal, official language (katharevousa).

Katharevousa

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He was also a staunch Venizelist and a supporter of the demotic Greek language over the formal, official language (katharevousa).

Athens

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In 1914 the family moved to Athens, where Seferis completed his secondary school education.

Odysseus

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Seferis would not visit Smyrna again until 1950; the sense of being an exile from his childhood home would inform much of Seferis' poetry, showing itself particularly in his interest in the story of Odysseus.

Constantine P. Cavafy

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Seferis was also greatly influenced by Kavafis, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Ezra Pound

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Seferis was also greatly influenced by Kavafis, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

Albania

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This was the beginning of a long and successful diplomatic career, during which he held posts in England (1931–1934) and Albania (1936–1938).