Sunday, 6 October 2013

Today's Poet: Maria Polydouri from Greece

King Constantine I of Greece was married to Sophia of Prussia, a sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II.  He had also trained as a soldier in Germany.   Initially Greece remained neutral during the First World War but joined the fray on the Allied side on 30th June 1917, sending ten divisions and the Greek Navy to help. Salonika was an Allied base after the withdrawal from Gallipoli.

Maria Polydouri (1902 - 1930) was born in Kalamata.   She began writing poetry at a very early age.  She studied law at the University of Athens and worked as a civil servant before going to live in Paris for three years.

Maria died in Athens in 1930.