In today’s poetry news round-up we take a look at the Nottinghamshire cottage with poetry links that has just come onto the market. We also look at the house in Greece that is to be declared a monument to a poet.
Cottage with Links to Poet for Sale
A Grade II listed cottage that is located in Nottinghamshire has gone on the market for £500,000. The cottage is situated in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron.
The property has three bedrooms in addition to its very own tower, and is part of the main house. It is called The Archway and makes up the front end of the poet’s ancestral home which he inherited at the age of 10 in 1798.
The poet, who was the 6th Baron Byron, was one of the greatest British poets of the Romantic movement alongside the likes of Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats. It is said that he loved the grounds and Halls of Newstead, a property that was handed to his family by King Henry VIII. Although he inherited the house when he was 10, he did not live in it properly until he was 20, he lived there until 1814. The estate itself is now owned by Nottingham City Council, and has been since 1931, and is now open together with the grounds to the general public.
The estate agents who are handling the sale are delighted to have been given the opportunity to put this little piece of history on their books and are hoping it will attract a lot of attention.
Home of Nikos Gatsos the Greek Poet to be Declared a Monument
A house located in Asea, Arcadia which was where Nikos Gatsos was born is the be declared a monument. Gatsos was a prominent Greek poet and translator of the 20th century.
A letter has been sent by the Minister of Culture and Sports to the Secretary-General of Culture. He wants to ensure that the house is given the appropriate status based on the relevant laws so that is protected under the antiquities and cultural heritage laws.
Over the years the poetry of Gatsos has received much acclaim, in particular Amorgos, his long poem which is considered by many to be an important work of contemporary Greek poetry. The poem combines the Greek fold poetry motifs of more traditional poetry and an element of surrealism.
Gatsos used language not only in poetry but in every aspect of his work including his translation work and song. The Minister believes that it is the duty of the State to try and not only protect but also bring to the attention of the public the house where the great poet was born.
Many of the lyrics that the poet wrote were also used in songs created by some of the main Greek composers.
Gatsos died on 12th May 1992 in Athens.