Greece: A Poet Speaks Out

We have all learned, we all know, that in dictatorial regimes the beginning may seem easy. Yet tragedy waits at the end, inescapably. It is this tragic ending that consciously or unconsciously torments us, as in the ancient choruses of Aeschylus.

The measured words were those of onetime Greek Diplomat Georgos S. Seferiades, 69, who under the pen name George Seferis won the 1963 Nobel Prize for literature for his lyrical poetry and his "deep feeling for the Hellenic world of culture." Seferiades has lived in seclusion in Athens since retiring as ambassador to London in 1962. For the past two...

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