This is a truly beautiful and rare picture - I'm very happy I stumbled upon it and want to share it with all of you.
This is Matsi Hatzilazarou, a Greek poet, standing in front of the Apollo temple at Ancient Corinth.
The photograph was taken by her husband, the Greek poet Andreas Embirikos, in June 1940, during their honeymoon in Corinthia and the Argolid.
*The post's title is by a poem written by Matsi Hatzilazarou
Τα λουλούδια των δέντρων είναι τα πουλιά.
Το σιγανό κελάηδισμα της θάλασσας είναι η πτώση
της βροχής στο τελευταίο τεμπέλικο κύμα τού ακρογιαλιού.
Τη μυρουδιά τού ήλιου τη χύνει το σφαγμένο πεπόνι.
Η ποίησή μας είναι η ζωή.
Beautiful! I'd be very interested to know if you're aware of any poems by her that portray antiquities or ancient sites (the same goes for Embirikos!) - my research focuses on the ancient landscape in Modern Greek culture.
Thank you for your comment.
I haven't found any references to ancient ruins in her work, but I don't think I've read everything.
I find your research very interesting. You should have a look around the blog in case you find something else that's useful.
I enjoy your blog very much, it's a great idea! I've been following for a few months - really interesting to collect these things in one place. I'll look into Matsi Hatzilazarou's work further - I know Embirikos dabbled with the classics a bit, so would be really interesting to find out if that's common to both of them!
Thank you so much for your kind words. I really did hope that bringing all this stuff together in one place would be useful for all of us that are interested in the classical perception in the 20th c.
If you don't have access to Matsi's poems where you currently are, have a look at this blog that publishes her poetry online.
Again all my best wishes for your research.