Palamas Kostis 1859 έως 1943 (84)

Immortal spirit of antiquity,
Father of the true, beautiful and good,
Descend, appear, shed over us thy light
Upon this ground and under this sky


Kostis Palamas (1859-1943) was a Greek poet, novelist, playwright, who had a great contribution to renewal of Greek poetry. Born in Patras , on January 13, his great-grandfather had founded the Palamaia School and his ancestors were teachers and Scholars. At seven, Kostis lost his mother and two months later his father from heart attack. Kostis and his brother were taken to Messolongi to live with their uncle. In 1875 he went to Athens to study law but very soon he stopped his studies to devote himself to poetry and literature. From the age of 9 he was writing poems, at the age of 16 he had published in newspapers and magazines, at 18 his poem "Messolongi" made him famous. In 1886 he published his first poetry collection and the next year he got married. In 1889 he was awarded for the poem "Hymn to Athena", dedicated to his wife, with whom they had 3 children. In 1898 his 4 years old son died of a head tumor, that painful event drove him to write the collection 'Tomb' which was translated in several languages and gained him great reputation

In 1918 he was awarded the National Prize of Literature and Arts, since 1926 had been a key member of the Athens Academy; in 1930 he became it’s president. He wrote several essays and plays along with poetry. In 1934 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, Luigi Pirandello won it. Kostis Palamas died on February 27, 1943 after a serious illness. He never learned that while he was in hospital, his wife had died, 18 days earlier before him; he was never told because of his critical condition. His funeral became a historic event; (under the German’s occupation) thousands of people were singing the national anthem as they escorted him to his last residence

PALAMAS, Ancient Eternal And Immortal Spirit