Milestones, Oct. 4, 1971

Died. George Seferiades, 71, the Greek career diplomat who, as Poet George Seferis, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1963; of pneumonia; in Athens. Derived from the Arabic word sefer, meaning journey, the poet's name reflected the literary role he relished: that of Homeric chronicler. "My poems," he once said, "are my own voyages over the world." His lyrical work was often tinged with pessimism, as when he contrasted modern Greece with the Golden Age:

And the country like a great

plane-leaf dragged down

By the torrent of the sun,

With the ancient monuments and

the present sorrow.

As a diplomat, he served in...

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