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By Konstantina Georganta

Conversing Identities: Encounters among British, Irish and Greek Poetry, 1922-1952 presents a landscape of cultures introduced in discussion via go back and forth, immigration and translation set opposed to the insularity imposed via conflict and the hegemony of the nationwide centre within the interval 1922-1952. each one bankruptcy tells a narrative inside a particular time and house that attached the demanding situations and fissures skilled in cultures with the aim to discover how the post-1922 accentuated mobility throughout frontiers stumbled on a suitable expression within the paintings of the poets into consideration. both motivated by means of their genuine commute to Britain or Greece or divided of their a number of allegiances and reactions to nationwide or imperial sovereignty, the poets tested explored the chances of a metaphorical diasporic feel of belonging in the multicultural city and created personae to point the strain on the touch of the outdated and the hot, the hypocritical parody of combined breeds and the necessity for contemporary heroes to prevent nationwide or gendered stereotypes. the most coordinates have been the nationwide voices of W.B. Yeats and Kostes Palamas, T.S. Eliot's multilingual outlook as an Anglo-American métoikos, C.P. Cavafy's view as a Greek of the diaspora, displaced William Plomer's portrayal of Nineteen Thirties Athens, Demetrios Capetanakis' trip to the British city, John Lehmann's antithetical trip eastward, in addition to Louis MacNeice's complicated loyalties to a countrywide id and feel of belonging as an Irish classicist, translator and visitor.

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321-30). The sea-breeze at sunset does not bring salvation – “dry sterile thunder without rain” (l. 342) – and the sea, which keeps the “hope to safety”, bears also the signs of debased death and is “crimson-coloured”: there are bodies in the gutter, three murdered girls float in the sea and one Armenian – a “hereditary” victim and enemy, as Price suggests, and thus in this case the generic other, much like Eliot’s Jew – float grimly away: “I think 6 G. Ward Price, “The Great Fire of Smyrna”, The Listener, X/246 (27 September 1933), 443.

P. Cavafy: Paths Towards the Realism of Twentieth-Century Poetry), 5th edn, Athens: Kedros, 1983, 225. Π. Σ. P. S. Eliot; Parallels”), in his ∆οκιµές, Πρώτος Τόµος (1936-1947) (Essays, First Volume, 1936-1947), Athens: Ikaros, 2003, 329, 335. D. Frangopoulos as “Cavafy and Eliot – A Comparison” included in George Seferis, On the Greek Style: Selected Essays in Poetry and Hellenism, Athens: Denise Harvey, 1966, 132 (in subsequent references I will use the page numbers from both texts unless the translation is my own, in which case only the Greek text will be cited).

30 Conversing Identities and ethnicities (in Greek “γένος”) thus echoing both Ovid, “Forma prior rediit genetivaque venit imago”, and Dante, “si lunga tratta di gente”, further echoed the hybridization of genes, ethnicities and genders, in “Eugenides” and “Gentile”. Eugenides, the inheritor of a prosperous trade tradition, was the unfortunate successor of a line at a point of crisis: debased due to his adaptation to a growingly decadent environment, the advantages of his birth alone could not guarantee the improvement of his stock.

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