Athens.- Greek poet Manolis Anagnostakis, held to be one of most important poets to emerge from Greece in the post-war era, died on Thursday in Amalia Fleming hospital at the age of 80, after a long bout of illness.
He was politically aligned to the Left, taking part in the Greek Resistance movement during WWII and the civil war that followed, while his poetry was marked by the terse, grim realism characteristic of left-wing poetry at that time.
Anagnostakis, also a writer of prose and essays, was born in Thessaloniki in 1925. He studied medicine and practiced radiology. During the troubled post-war era, he was condemned to death by a military court and spent many years in prison and exile.
He had won many awards for his poetry, which has been translated into several European languages.
President, party leaders express sorrow over death of poet Manolis Anagnostakis. President Karolos Papoulias and party leaders on Thursday expressed their sorrow over the death of renowned poet Manolis Anagnostakis earlier in the day.
President Papoulias said in a statement “we will miss the voice of Manolis Anagnostakis as much as his silence in past years.”
Prime Minister and Culture Minister Kostas Karamanlis expressed his condolences and said “Greek literature and Greek culture lost a splendid poet and humble fighter today.”
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga said in a message of condolences to the family of Anagnostakis “warm condolences for the death of Manolis Anagnostakis, one of the most important poets of his generation.”
Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party leader Alekos Alavanos also extended his condolences to the family of the deceased, and expressed his deep gratitude for Anagnostakis’ work and the example he set in life.
PASOK party leader, Athens mayor express sorrow over death of poet Manolis Anagnostakis: Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou and Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni on Thursday expressed their sorrow over the death of renowned poet Manolis Anagnostakis.
“Having an open mind and always an uneasy thought, he did not hesitate to open new paths, seek new ideas and set his own bright paths, remaining steadfast on his principles and values. Even his silence was a great cry of freedom,” Papandreou said in his statement.
“Manolis Anagnostakis, with his character, humility, fighting spirit and his priceless work was a model human being, ideologist and intellectual,” Bakoyianni said in her statement.