GREECE: A Poet Waits

Our munitions are scarce, very scarce. We always keep them for tomorrow. But we hold the town without paying the enemy back. We hold it with our hearts.

Author of these words is a passionately liberal Greek poet and scholar, 40-year-old Panayotis Kanellopoulos. He was in exile when he wrote them, and he knew the tragedy of Greece from his own bitter experience. As a volunteer army private, he had helped his countrymen hold back the Italian invaders. Then, amid chaos, confusion and treachery, he had stumbled back with them to Athens when the Germans moved in. Eventually he escaped,...

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