Christmas in Miltos Sachtouris’ Poetry. The Reflective Dialectic and its Bleeding Segments

Prologue Yiannis Dallas

Ikaros Editions, Athens 2008

In this study prefaced by Yiannis Dallas, the author deals with the theme of Christmas in Miltos Sachtouris’ poetry. Firstly, the study figures out that Christmas and all that is related to it, in Miltos Sachtouris’ poetry do not appear as the common religious, social and personal celebration of joy but are transformed into a celebration of death when the historical circumstance is a circumstance of dreadfulness and death for man and the society which he lives in. Based on this apprehension, the author follows subsequently the specific causes of this transformation of Christmas in Miltos Sachtouris’ poetry, its extend and its tension as well as its depth. Finally, he examines Sachtouris’ suggestion for overcoming this domination of horror, despair and death which takes place in an historical, social and religious level: this overcoming of horror and death lies, according to Miltos Sachtouris’ poetry, in the redeeming intervention of art, of poetry and of the creator-poet himself.




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