Tyrtaeus: A Tragedy

Written in the early 1940s under Nazi terror and set in ancient Sparta during the 2nd Messenean War in the 7th century BCE, "Tyrtaeus" dramatizes contemporary political concerns—the brutality of totalitarianism, the precariousness of democracy, and the sociopolitical role of art—through the prism of Greek elegiac poet Tyrtaeus’ involvement in the conflict. A perennial play that speaks to all ages. More

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About Lajos Walder

Arguably the most significant modern Hungarian poet, Lajos Walder was born in 1913 and died in 1945 in the Gunskirchen concentration camp, on the day it was liberated by the Allied forces. Exuberant and witty, poignant and severe, trenchant yet light-hearted, Lajos Walder's poems cut to the quick and stay with you. Reading them is like reliving an era long gone and, at the same time, learning to see our own world with new eyes. For Lajos Walder's message speaks to us as directly today as it did to his contemporaries almost a century ago: '... that apart from thieves and murderers // there are also human beings'. For the first time, Lajos Walder's complete extant poetry is made available in English, superbly translated by the poet's daughter Agnes Walder, who also provides a beautiful afterword, and with a passionate foreword by Scots fellow poet Don Paterson.

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