Seferis was at once acclaimed as "the poet of the future" on the publication of I strofi (1931; "The Turning Point"), his first collection of poems. It was followed by I sterna (1932; "The Cistern"), Mithistorima (1935; "Myth-History"), Imeroloyion katastromatos I (1940; "Log Book I"), Tetradhio yimnasmaton (1940; "Exercise Book"), Poiimata (1940; "Poems"), Imeroloyion katastromatos II (1945), the long poem Kikhli (1947; "Thrush"), Poiimata 1924-46 (1950), and Imeroloyion katastromatos III (1955). Selections of his poetry have been widely translated, the fullest English version being that by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard (George Seferis: Collected Poems 1924-1955 ). Seferis also translated poetry into Greek and wrote essays, of which the chief are Dhokimes (1944) and Erotokritos (1946). He was honoured by the Academy of Athens in 1947.
Seferis was the most distinguished Greek poet of "the generation
of the '30s," which introduced symbolism to modern Greek literature.
His refined lyricism and the freshness of his diction brought a new
breath of life to Greek poetry. His work is permeated by a deep feeling
for the tragic predicament of the Greeks, as indeed of modern man in
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