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Dionysios Solomos (1798–1857), poet
Dionysios Solomos ) was a Greek Poet from Zakynthos. He is best known for writing the Hymn to Liberty , Ýmnos eis tīn Eleutherían), of which the first two stanzas, set to music by Nikolaos Mantzaros, became the Greek national anthem  in 1865. He was the central figure of the Heptanse School  of poetry, and is considered the national poet of Greece—not only because he wrote the national anthem, but also because he contributed to the preservation of earlier poetic tradition and highlighted its usefulness to modern literature. Other notable poems include Ὁ Κρητικός (Τhe Cretan), Ἐλεύθεροι Πολιορκημένοι (The free Besieged) and others. A characteristic of his work is that no poem except the Hymn to Liberty was completed, and almost nothing was published during his lifetime.

Pavlos Carrer (1829–1896), composer

Carrer was born in Zakynthow He studied in Zakynthos and in Corfu. In the early 1850s he moved to Milan, where his first operas and ballets were performed at the stages of the Theatro Carcano and the Teatro alla Canobbian. Carrer was one of the most popular and widely performed composers in 19th-century Greece, while achieving reputation in Italy. His style has Italian influences, especially from Verdi and the belcanto. However, his musical idiom became more and more personal, not necessarily because he sought inspiration in musical themes of traditional and urban popular music of mainland Greece. He was one of the mainstays of the Ionian school of music of the 19th century and the first Greek music composer to put forward a complete collection of vocal works with national subjects, Greek-language libretti and lyrics and melodies inspired by the folk, as well as the urban popular tradition of Greece. He died in Zakynthos

Ugo Foscolo (1778–1827), writer, revolutionary and poet

Foscolo was born on Zakynthos in the Ionian Islands. His father was Andrea Foscolo, an impoverished Venetian nobleman, and his mother Diamantina Spathis was Greek.

In 1788, on the death of his father, who worked as a physician in today Croatia (Split), the family removed to Venice, and at the University of Padua  Foscolo completed the studies begun at the Dalmatian grammar school.

Amongst his Paduan teachers was the Abbé Melchiore Cesarotti, whose version of Ossian  had made that work highly popular in Italy, and who influenced Foscolo's literary tastes; he knew both modern  and Ancient Greek. His literary ambition revealed itself by the appearance in 1797 of his tragedy Tieste—a production which obtained a certain degree of success.


Andreas Kalvos(1792–1869), poet

Andreas Kalvos was a Greek poet of the Romantic school. He published only two collections of poems — the Lyra of 1824 and the Lyrica of 1826. He was a contemporary of the poets Ugo Foscolo and Dionisios Solomos. He was among the representatives of the Heptanese Scholl of Literature.