Google’s Doodle for November 2nd : Odysseas Elytis

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November 2, 2012 by pavlospapathanasiou

Odysseas Elytis, one of Greece’s most prominent poets, the Literature Nobel Prize laureate of 1979 is today’s doodle in Google’s search engine. Odysseas Elytis (nickname of Odysseas Alepoudelis) was born in November 2nd 2011, in Heraklion Crete to a family from Lesbos island. Known as the “poet of Aegean” since most of his poems were a hymn to the sea, the sun and the colours of the Greek islands, Odysseas Elytis was regarded as a major exponent of romantic modernism in Greece and the world. He passed away in 1996 recognised as one of modern Greece’s most exceptional figures.

You can find more on Elytis biography via the wikipedia article in the following link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odysseas_Elytis

Many poems of Elytis are set to music; one of the most recent songs with lyrics from the famous poet is “Sou to pa gia ta synnefa” (I told you for the clouds) interpreted by Eleftheria Arvanitaki in her album “Songs for the Months” :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd5pRbbvTd0

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