Dionysios Solomos-most important Greek poet
Dionysios Solomos is the most important Greek poet of the 19th century
Dionysios Solomos is the most important Greek poet of the 19th century and one of the greatest of all time. The creator of our National Anthem was also the founder of a whole school of poetry, Ionian, as well as a man who appropriately and creatively utilized the folk language and succeeded in introducing it into literature.
Our great Zakynthian poet always inspires all the later poets after him, leaving an important stock that deserves to be listed with the great Greeks.It is worth looking at some important information about his life.
He was born in Zakynthos in 1798 as his father’s extramarital child with a maid. Nikolaos Solomos, the father of our great poet, recognized both himself and the second son he had with her, as his own children.
Apart from Hymn to Liberty, our national anthem, Solomos’ top works are considered the Cretan, the Free Siege, the Lambros. Even more curious is that none of the projects are complete, except for our national anthem, everything else is unfinished. Costas Varnalis’ phrase about himself: «… (Solomos) always wrote them, but he didn’t write his drinks».
Although he spoke Greek with his mother, Solomos ‘s education was mainly Italian. In 1808 he began his studies in Italy, where he remained for ten years, attending Cremona High School in Venice and the Law School of Pavia.
Corfu, Zakynthos and Solomos
In 1828 he settled in Corfu, the place where he lived until his death. Corfu at that time was a great spiritual center that would inspire him to create, although his psyche had been shaken by a series of disputes with his brother on matters of property.
The first poems of our great poet are written in the Italian language and are of theological content.
The Solomos Circle was surrounded by great personalities of the time, such as Nikolaos Mantzaros, Andreas Laskaratos, Jacob Polylas.
Our great poet died of a stroke in February 1857.
The great poet always inspires and remains one of the most important spiritual figures in our country.