This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Can we imagine how poetry is connected with Technology, Entertainment and Design? What is the importance of poetry in the modern world? What can we learn and how can we benefit from the expression through poetry? Titos Patrikios, one of the greatest Greek poets, explains how poetry is an expression of life and how it works as a bridge to connect people, societies, the past and the future of our world.
Titos Patrikios, son of the actors Spiros and Lela Patrikios, was born in Athens. He graduated from Varvakeios School in 1946 and immediately continued his studies at the University of Athens Law School, practicing law after his graduation for a few years. During the German Occupation he was active in the Resistance Movement, initially enlisted in EPON (United Panhellenic Organization of Youth) and then in ELAS (Greek People's Liberation Army). In 1944, he was sentenced to death by collaborators with the German occupiers, but his sentence was annulled at the last minute. During his military service, he was exiled in the islands of Makronissos (1951-1952) and Ai Stratis (1952-1953), from where he was allowed to return to Athens. Between 1959-1964, he studied Sociology at the ""Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes"" of Paris and participated in research performed by the National Center for Scientific Research of France. He returned to Greece, but as soon as the dictatorship of Papadopoulos was established he sought refuge again in Paris, where he participated in various protests against the illegal regime, and worked as a consultant at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris and FAO in Rome. In 1975, he went back to Greece and worked as a lawyer, sociologist and literary translator. In 1982, he re-assumed the role he had before 1967 in the Greek Center of Social Sciences. In Athens, he also worked at the Center for Marxist Studies.
He was first introduced in the world of literature in 1943 with the publication of one of his poems in the literary magazine ""Xekinima tis Niotis"". In 1954, his first poetry collection was published entitled ""Chomatodromos"". He was a founding member of the literary magazine ""Epitheorisi Technis"", where he published many articles and reviews after 1954, while many of his essays were included in compiled versions of the magazine. He was also involved in the area of translation (texts by Stendhal, Aragon, Majakowskij, Neruda, Gogol, Garaudy, Lukács) and prose, while most of his studies in sociology are written in French. His works have been translated in French, Flemish, German and Dutch. In 1994, he received the Greek national poetry prize for his entire oeuvre.
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