Monday, May 29, 2006

May 29th : Constantinople Falls

Death and Resurrection of Constantinos Palaeologus
by Odysseas Elytis

And there lying prone
always with an unbroken word
between his teeth
the last of the Hellenes!


Anonymous Hermes said...

Elytis is one of my favourite poets. His verse is even better in Hellenika. Also, he comes from an era that could speak for both the individual, community and nation. Songsmiths could set his lyrics to music and everyone could sing them. Poetry has always been at the centre of the Hellenic psyche.

This is compared to today's poets that stare introspectively at their bellybuttons wallowing in self pity and guilt and can only be understood by an elite overclass chatterers.

Anyway, with the path we are heading towards Paleologos will be erased from our books and eventually our memory. Ultimately, we will all become an undifferentiated mass of biology characterised by abstractions such as consumer.

Humanity strives to save endangered species because of the need to conserve diversity. Why doesn't this extend to human cultures?

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a sad anniversary. As everyone today is taught about the holocaust it saddens me that this even more evil is virtually unknown. As far as I am concerned history ended 553 years ago.

5:06 AM  

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