Within two years, Andreas Kalvos (1792-1869), the poet from Zakynthos (Zante,) published his 20 odes, Lyre (1824) and Lyrics (1826) in Geneva and Paris. Afterward, he seized to write poetry. A classist and a romantic, a student of Ugo Foscolo and a liberal partisan, Kalvos used his poetry to convince the philhellenic movement of the need for Greek independence.
The “patriotic” Kalvos is foremost a deeply political poet: the poet of the Greek Revolution. In his odes, in his peculiarly poetic verse, he praises liberty, virtue, justice, and glory. His style has neither predecessors nor successors.