I recently went to Lefkás town and while I was there I went to one of its book shops. Inside was a copy of Angelos Sikelianos poems. It’s bilingual so that will be a very useful learning exercise. There is also an Angelos Sikelianos museum dedicated to him.
The museum is signposted on the main street and it’s on tourist maps along with Google maps but considering how close it is; I was completely unaware of its location for many years because the sign on the front is flat to the wall so you can’t see it unless your looking at it. In addition to this, the side that has his signatures on it is in the opposite direction but they might have a new sign outside advertising its location if your lucky but you gotta look up. This covert style of advertising is like how you discover most of the treasures in Lefkás. You have to know they are there to find them. If your just idly looking for something to do then your probably not going to find it as they wish to keep everything for themselves and you can’t blame them as Lefkás is a relatively undiscovered jewel.
To show Angelos Sikelianos impact here there is a street in both Lefkás Town and Nidri which is a nearby village named after him. He rivals Byron in this respect.
In a square on the entrance to the island there is also a statue of him.
With his first wife Eva Palmer Sikelianos together they organised the first Delphic festival in 1927. They organised it again in 1930 but it was so costly despite her American background and connection that they couldn’t afford to do it again. She went back to New York where she was from for a long time to promote awareness and gather funds. She stayed until his death as the US authorities prevented her from leaving. They also didn’t allow the awarding of the Nobel prize in literature to himself on several occasions in the 1950’s.
He was great friends with Nikos Kazantzakis and there are quotes attributed to him inside the museum. The three of them shared a house on the south of the island together.
Another compatriot was George Serefis who is also quoted and will be written about later when I have read the book of poems I have by him.
This is the fourth of my posts on famous Greek but mainly Lefkádian poets.
The bonus post is by Sententiae Ancientae on Sappho.
Other series include Greek Authors, Musicians, Famous Greeks, Rural Villages in Lefkás and Foreigners who have become interested and or benefited Greece in some ways. All the links can be found here Series links.
Does your country have any similarly respected poets?