The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, honored the Greek national poet Dionysios Solomos, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution.
The ceremony at the National Garden of Athens took place under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.
“I imagine him, at a young age, feverishly writing the Hymn to Freedom on Strani Hill in Zakynthos, while the echo of the cannons on the opposite bank brought the drama of the struggle to life in his eyes. Messolonghi. And to transform the storm of his emotions into the unique dialogue of light and darkness, of tragedy and peace, which characterizes his poetry, ” said the president.
“I would like to congratulate the organizers of the event for the great idea of honoring here in Athens the poet who throughout his work has supported and defended the high ideal of national, moral and spiritual freedom as the supreme good which gives meaning to life and conquers death. The poet, who, having “his eyes always open, always vigilant of his soul” has transformed the national ideal into the vernacular, “she concluded.
Dionysios Solomos is the national poet of Greece – not only because he wrote the Greek hymn, but also because he contributed to the preservation of the earlier poetic tradition and emphasized its usefulness for modern literature.
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