Thursday, December 16, 2010

The sailors' prayers

A poetic evening last night, dedicated to the poet Nikos Kavvadias. In memory of his birth year which was 100 years ago a group of our high school students organized an evening with poetry and music.
Nikos Kavvadias was a lover of the sea, worked on the ships and traveled the world like so many Greek seamen. He wrote poetry and short stories about life on board and about mysterious and exotic countries far away.
Some of his poems have been put to music. This wonderful combination of poetry and popular and still traditional music that speaks to and comes straight from the heart.
Difficult to choose just one because I like all the songs. I want to share this one because of the translation in the video.

What I didn’t know was that one of his short stories, published after his death, had been made into a film: “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” with one of my favorite actors Stephen Rea.

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