Cover: Three Secret Poems, from Harvard University PressCover: Three Secret Poems in E-DITION

Three Secret Poems

Product Details


$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674433083

Publication Date: 01/01/1969

69 pages


Available from De Gruyter »

Media Requests:

Related Subjects

Harvard University Press has partnered with De Gruyter to make available for sale worldwide virtually all in-copyright HUP books that had become unavailable since their original publication. The 2,800 titles in the “e-ditions” program can be purchased individually as PDF eBooks or as hardcover reprint (“print-on-demand”) editions via the “Available from De Gruyter” link above. They are also available to institutions in ten separate subject-area packages that reflect the entire spectrum of the Press’s catalog. More about the E-ditions Program »

George Seferis, winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize for Literature, has had his work translated into a number of languages and is known and read throughout the world. He also had a distinguished diplomatic career, having been Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Three Secret Poems, Seferis’s first volume of poetry after a silence of eleven years, was published in Athens in 1966 and, until this translation, has not appeared entire in any language but Greek.

The three long poems—“On a Ray of Winter Sun,” “On Stage,” and “Summer Solstice”—actually consist of a number of shorter lyrics. They are presented in this attractive edition with the translation on the facing page. Although much of the themes and imagery relates to Seferis’s earlier work, the versification contains a number of innovations. There are interesting departures in both technique and the use of language. Walter Kaiser’s version of these moving lyrical works is refreshingly free from the usual earmarks of translation.

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500, by Peter Wilson, from Harvard University Press

A Lesson in German Military History with Peter Wilson

In his landmark book Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples since 1500, acclaimed historian Peter H. Wilson offers a masterful reappraisal of German militarism and warfighting over the last five centuries, leading to the rise of Prussia and the world wars. Below, Wilson answers our questions about this complex history,