1 NOVEMBER 1963, Page 8

'Still Greece Wounds Me' Now that Seferis is living in

retirement outside Athens and devoting himself entirely to his poetry, it is probable that we shall see a further flowering of the genius that has contributed so much to the world. After all, Yeats, with whom he can be compared, produced his finest work in his sixties and seventies--so did Euripides. Wise and patient, Seferis, after forty years' wandering in his country's service, now works on the soil he loves. 'However far I go voyaging,' he once said, 'still Greece wounds me.' His work is suffused with the weight of Greek history and tradition and the award of the Nobel Prize to him last week was one of the most fitting awards of recent years. Long may he live and write.