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Yiorgos Stathopoulos
Language Contact Person: Gail Holst-Warhaft
Phone: (607) 255-1554
Office: 120 Uris Hall


To Eleni Chalkousi

The fog fell early this evening
-- the lightship lost -- and you
came to the wheelhouse to see me
though I wasn't expecting you.

You'are all in white you're drenched,
I plait your hair into ropes.
Down in Port Pegasus' waters
it always rains this time of year.

The stoker is spying on us
with his feet in the anchor chains.
Never look at the yard-arm
in a storm -- it'll make you dizzy.

The boatswain curses the weather;
along way to Tocopilla.
Better the periscopes and torpedos
than all this fear and waiting.

Be off! Dry land is what suits you.
You came to see me and missed me;
from midnight on I've been drowned
a thousand miles off the Hebrides.

Nikos Kavvadias, translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft

ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρστυφχψω

Modern Greek is didactic, gnostic, idiomorphous, dynamic, symbolic, energetic, fantastic, passionate, sympathetic, dramatic, critical, perplexing, theatrical, symmetric, energetic, syncopated, theosophic, allegoric, peripatetic, paradigmatic, telepathic, philanthropic, magnetic, symbiotic, orthological, synthetic, melancholic, sophisticated, nostalgic, chaotic, majestic, enigmatic, systematic, democratic, metropolitan, eugenic, chromatic, syllogic, cathartic, magical, patriotic, synonymous with... classic! (Is it still... all Greek to you?)

The Greek Language At Cornell

"Gail Holst-Warhaft who has published a prize-winning translation of the collected poems of Nikos Kavvadias, attended, about five years ago, a concert in New York City of Greek poetry set to music. It was hosted by a community of Greeks originally from the island of Cephalonia. Kavvadias was a beloved native son of the island. When the group learned she was his translator, they peppered her with questions, including whether modern Greek was being taught at Cornell?"


Modern Greek just found... its Ithaca! We offer instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, providing opportunities to discuss current issues or to read modern and contemporary Greek writings including newspaper and literary texts.

Cornell Area Program Afilliation: Institute of European Studies
  • Greek dancing
    Movements and steps, with arms linked in circles, wishing to embrace the whole globe.
    Location: RF127
    Time: Wednesdays, 5-6pm
    This website shares some of the information Eric Ball has compiled, and techniques he has developed, for cooking Cretan and Greek or Greek-inspired foods in the United States.
  • CMEME (Cornell Middle-Eastern Music Ensemble)
    Arabic, Turkish, Israeli and Greek sounds. Join us as performers, advisors, or audience members!
    Location: LH B21
    Time: Mondays, 7.00p.m.-9.00p.m.

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