Den tragoudo para giati m’agapises – Eleftheria Arvanitaki

Eleftheria Arvanitaki sings “Den tragoudo para giati m’agapises” a Greek song that means I only sing because you loved me. This is a love poem written by one of the most important and melancholic Greek Poets, Maria Polydouri, a poet with a characteristic erotic tone but also an unsatisfied sentiment.

Death and Love are the two main themes in Polydouri’s poems and her romantic nature evident in every lyric. The poem “Den tragoudo para giati m’agapises” is full of her lyric mood and her intense sentimental outbursts, who was obviously influenced by her love for Costas Karyotakis, and her pessimistic attitude.

This poem is one of the loveliest and most tender poems ever written; it is a gem of the Greek Poetry, especially if we consider the fact that Polydouri lived in an Era where men were more imposing. She was a free spirited and independent woman, something bizarre for her time, a woman who was writing to express her feelings and describe the beauty and love around her.

Dimitris Papadimitriou set wonderful music to this poem and Eleftheria Arvanitaki sings it do tenderly and warmly.

Den tragoudo para giati m'agapises 

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