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Giorgos Seferis

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Giorgos Seferis (Γιώργος Σεφέρης) (February 19, 1900 in Smyrna in Asia Minor (now İzmir, Turkey) - September 20, 1971) is the pen name of Greek poet Giorgos Seferiadis. He was born in Smyrna (present-day Izmir). His father, a University professor, is considered the best translator of Lord Byron's poetry. He finished high school in Athens and then continued his studies in law and literature in Paris. Despite his real interest in philology and art, he followed a diplomat's career. In 1963 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Seferis was greatly influenced by Kavafis, T.S Eliot and Ezra Pound. He wrote in vernacular, the formal language spoken by literate Greeks and attempted to combine his own experiences with history and mythology. Homer's Odyssey was one of his main Muses and he to bring Homer's writings into the modern world and showing to everyone how man has not changed throughout the centuries.

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In 1999, one of the street name in Turkey where it was named Yorgos Seferis Sokagi (a Turkification of Giorgos Seferis) had a dispute with the name in the area once where Seferis was born and where the Greeks used to live, the reason is that the area today is now Turkey and the Greeks fled during the Greco-Turkish War in the 1920s.

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