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God and the Poetic Ego

The Appropriation of Biblical and Liturgical Language in the Poetry of Palamas, Sikelianos and Elytis

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Anthony Hirst

Contents: Theft of language – Palamas’s unwilling disbelief – The poet as prophet – Christian destruction of the classical world – The Virgin Mary versus Athena – Sikelianos rewriting the ‘Myth’ of Jesus – Elytis’s eleventh commandment – The displacement of God – The kingdom of this world – The poet as saviour.