[Orientations to the Aegean]
Poems by Odysseas Elytis. Introductory text: L. Lychnara.
English translation by Kimon Friar.
In the sea and the land, in the hulls of boats and sea-shells, in the beaches and the rocks, we see unfolding before us a world of memories and visions, a familiar world which we are seeing for the first time. The light transforms the landscape and that which is in it, bestowing breath and spirit, rhythm and allure, showing us the Greek Archipelago as it was seen by the poet of Orientations:
"this world so small, this world so great!"