Andreas Kalvos - Sutherland Avenue, London, UK
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N 51° 31.622 W 000° 11.070
30U E 695298 N 5712193
Quick Description: This English Heritage blue plaque is attached to a house on the north west side of Sutherland Avenue in Maida Vale, London. The plaque indicates that the Greek poet, Andreas Kalvos, "lived here".
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/20/2021 11:02:23 AM
Waymark Code: WM13P3R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:

The wording on the circular English Heritage blue plaque reads:

English Heritage

Andreas
Kalvos
1792 – 1869
Greek poet
and patriot
lived here

The Encyclopaedia Britannica website has an article about Andreas Kalvos that tells us:

Andréas Ioannídis Kálvos, (born April 1792, Zacynthus, Venetian Republic [now Zákinthos, Greece]—died Nov. 3, 1869, London), Greek poet who brought an Italian Neoclassical influence to the Ionian school of poets (the school of Romantics from the seven Ionian islands).

Kálvos was brought up at Leghorn, Tuscany (1802–12), and lived most of his life in Italy and England. While in Italy he became secretary (1812–17) to the Italian poet and patriot Ugo Foscolo, a fellow native of Zacynthus, who exercised great influence on his writings. In fact, Kálvos’ first works, including two tragedies, were written in Italian. In 1826 he went to Corfu, where he founded his own private school. He spent his last years in England.

Kálvos published 20 patriotic odes in two fascicles: Líra (“The Lyre”) at Geneva in 1824 and Néas Odás (“New Odes”) at Paris in 1826. He wrote of an idealized Greece, a Greece of the old virtues but a Greece viewed from outside. Although he sometimes used Demotic Greek (the vernacular tongue), he was generally a purist given to an austere and moralizing poetry and to various archaisms. The Italian Neoclassical influence was evident mainly in poetic paraphrases, extending metaphors, and artificial language and metres. Although admired by some, Kálvos was not a strong force in subsequent Greek literature.

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