200 YEARS GREEKS AND INNOVATION
1927

The poetic zenith of Karyotakis

'Helegeia and Satires" (Elegy and Satires, 1927) is the most poignant and marginal poetic anthology of the 20th century in Greece. Kostas Karyotakis (1896-1928) perceives reality through physical pain. His poetry, ridden with pessimism, disgust and despair, sarcastically turns its back to a hostile modern world. Karyotakis, as it was often said by many, "he came from elsewhere all alone," brought contemporary Greek poetry to the farthest boundaries of silence. With an existential approach overwhelming his poetry, he buried bliss under tons of sarcasm, a sarcasm that he revered with his suicide.