The Ionian School Late 18th -19th c.
Prose Writers • The Ionian authors were primarily poets. • Elizabeth Mutzan-Martinengou: Autobiography (Important for Women’s Studies) • Polylas: Essay, Translation, Literary Criticism
Prosolomic Poets • Fondness of boucolic poetry (Theokritos, Virgil), and the ideas of the Enlightenment • Martelaos: • Mainly patriotic poetry • Danelakis: • A liberal follower of the Enlightenment • Prepared the intellectual background of the Ionian School Zakynthos
Solomos • Born in Zakynthos, died in Corfu • Lyric poet • Patriotic poetry • Use of Ionian dialect • Influences from Italian literature • He wrote in both Greek and Italian
Contemporaries of Solomos and later Ionian poets • Kalvos (inspired by the war of independence) • Maviles (Sonett writer) • Valaorites (bridges the Ionian school with Romantic mainland literature) • Laskaratos (pioneer of modern Greek humorous literature)