The Fourth Dimension by Yannis Ritsos

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In the dramatic monologues that make up The Fourth Dimension--especially those based on the grim history of Mycenae and its royal protagonists--the celebrated modern Greek poet Yannis Ritsos presents a timeless poetic paradigm of the condition of Greece, past and present. The volume also contains a group of modern narratives, including the famous, and much-anthologized, "Moonlight Sonata." Ritsos, rightly, regarded the The Fourth Dimension as his finest achievement. It is now presented to English- speaking readers for the first time in its entirety.

From "Philoctetes"

All the speeches of great men, about the dead and about heroes.

Astonishing, awesome words, pursued us even in our sleep,

slipping beneath closed doors, from the banqueting hall

where glasses and voices sparkled, and the veil

of an unseen dancer rippled silently

like a diaphanous, whirling wall

between life and death. This throbbing

our childhood nights, lightening the shadows of shields

etched on white walls by slow moonlight.


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Published May 17, 1993 by Princeton University Press. 348 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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it includes long poems, like ""The Blackened Pot,"" written in prison to rally political and human faith: ""Before the cripple beside you goes to bed he removes his leg;/ he leaves it in the corner--a hollow wooden leg--/ you must fill it the way you fill a flowerpot with earth to plant flowers,/...

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