Images of Sculptures in the Poetry of Giorgis Manousakis


  • Michał Bzinkowski Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Rita Winiarska Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland



Modern Greek literature, Modern Greek poetry, reception of Antiquity, sculptures, stones, George Seferis, Yannis Ritsos, Giorgis Manousakis


Images of Sculptures in the Poetry of Giorgis Manousakis

The imagery of fragmentary sculptures, statues and stones appears often in Modern Greek Poetry in connection with the question of Modern Greeks’ relation to ancient Greek past and legacy. Many famous poets such as the first Nobel Prize winner in literature, George Seferis (1900-1971), as well as Yannis Ritsos (1909-1990) frequently use sculptural imagery in order to allude to, among other things, though in different approaches, the classical past and its existence in modern conscience as a part of cultural identity. In the present paper we focus on some selected poems by a well-known Cretan poet Giorgis Manousakis (1933-2008) from his collection “Broken Sculptures and Bitter Plants” (Σπασμένα αγάλματα και πικροβότανα, 2005), trying to shed some light on his very peculiar usage of sculpture imagery in comparison with the earlier Greek poets. We attempt to categorize Manousakis’ metaphors and allusions regarding the symbolism of sculptures in correlation with existential motives of his poetry and the poet’s attitude to the classical legacy.


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How to Cite

Bzinkowski, M., and R. Winiarska. “Images of Sculptures in the Poetry of Giorgis Manousakis”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 19, Oct. 2016, pp. 5-14, doi:10.12797/CC.19.2016.01.