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Aristotelis Valaoritis (Greek: Αριστοτέλης Βαλαωρίτης, Lefkada, 1824 - Lefkada, 1879) was a Greek poet and politician. He was also the great-grandfather of Nanos Valaoritis, one of the most distinguished writers of Greece.


Biography

He was born in Lefkada in 1824 to a Greek father of Epirotic descent. He completed his school education in Lefkada and Corfu. Afterwards he went to France and Italy to study law. He never worked as a lawyer though, but completely devoted himself to poetry. He spent an important part of his life in the small island of Madouri.

Pantokrator Church, with the grave of the poet Aristotelis Valaoritis

At the age of 25 he married the daughter of the Venetian scholar Emilio Tipaldo, Eloisa. Using simple language he wrote many poems regarding the Greek War of Independence. He was credited as a national poet. Some of his most important works are: Stichourgimata, Mnemosina, Kira Frosini, Athanasios Diakos, Fotinos, Astrapogiannos.

Meanwhile he got into politics. As a member of the Parliament of the United States of the Ionian Islands he fought for the rights of the Ionian islands. Once the Ionian islands were united with Greece he moved to Athens, as a member of the Greek Parliament. His speeches were heavily influenced by his poetic language, making his rhetorical skills uniquely remarkable. The last years of his life, he developed action towards the integration of Epirus to Greece, a goal not fully achieved until the Balkan Wars.

Aristotelis Valaoritis, Stefanos Padovas and Konstantinos Lomvardos


Aristotelis Valaoritis

He died in Lefkada in 1879 due to heart failure.
Work

Poems

Ι Kira Frosini, Η Κυρά Φροσύνη (1859)
Athanasios Diakos, Αθανάσιος Διάκος (1867)
Thanasis Bagias, Θανάσης Βάγιας (1867)
Astropagiannos, Αστραπόγιαννος (1867)
O andrias tou aοidimou Grigoriou tou E, Ο ανδριάς του αοιδίμου Γρηγορίου του Ε (1872)
O Fotinos, Ο Φωτεινός (incomplete)

Collections

Stichourgimata, Στιχουργήματα (1847)
Mnemosina, Μνημόσυνα (1857)

Others

Poiemata, Ποιήματα (1891)
Erga, Εργα (1893)
Vios kai erga, Βίος και έργα (1907)
Poiemata anekdota, Ποιήματα ανέκδοτα (1937)
Ta Apanta, Τα Άπαντα (1968)

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