Oct 21, 2014

«Ode to Santorini» By Odysseus Elytis

The great Greek poet, who got the Nobel Literature Prize in 1979, wrote the poem “Ode to Santorini” in 1984. Here is the first part (Translation by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard)
You came out of the thunder’s belly
Shuddering in the penitential clouds
Bitter stone, tested, defiant
You summoned the sun to be your first witness
To confront with you the impetuous radiance
To open out with a crusading echo in the sea.